Biologists issue warning to avoid Anchorage Rover's Run Trail

Published: Jul. 23, 2017 at 3:30 PM AKDT
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Area biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Wildlife Conservation are warning everyone to stay away from Rover's Run and other streamside trails in Far North Bicentennial Park.

The warning comes after a fish counting crew saw 4 brown bears on upper Campbell last week and an unusually strong return of sockeye salmon.

In a written statement, Area Sport Fish Biologist Jay Baumer said the group saw a big boar on the North Fork, and a sow with two nearly grown cubs on the South Fork.

Anchorage Area Wildlife Biologist Dave Battle is warning people to avoid Rover's Run until the middle of October when the salmon run fades and bears hibernate.

Battle said there is always a high concentration of brown bears near the trail as it parallels salmon spawning waters in South Fork Campbell Creek.

The department said the crews counted more than 1700 sockeye, more than 5 times the 10-year average of 317.

Coho runs will arrive around August.

Rover's Run has a history of dangerous encounters.

In 2008, a young mountain cyclist was badly hurt by a brown bear.

Six weeks afterward, a runner was also attacked.

A mountain biker was also attacked in 2010.