A sign offering tips on how to recreate safely around bears can be seen on Thursday, July 1, 2021, on Skilak Lake Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A sign offering tips on how to recreate safely around bears can be seen on Thursday, July 1, 2021, on Skilak Lake Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Black bear killed in Seward

The bear reportedly scratched and attempted to bite the victim’s leg.

A black bear that attacked someone inside his camper and displayed aggressive behavior toward humans on a beach in Seward was killed by Alaska Wildlife Troopers on July 4.

The person who was attacked sustained minor injuries after a black bear entered his camper at Fourth of July Beach, where he was asleep with the door open, according to a dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers. The bear reportedly scratched and attempted to bite the victim’s leg after it entered the camper, before being scared off by the victim and going into the woods. Troopers were notified of the incident at about 9:16 a.m. on July 4.

Troopers later that day received multiple reports of a black bear “raiding camps,” charging campers and “showing no fear of people” near the area where the camper was bitten earlier. Troopers saw the bear walking toward campers on the beach after they responded to the scene.

“Based on the bear’s activities earlier that day and continued activities, the bear was deemed a public safety risk and dispatched,” the report said.

The bear’s hide and skull will be given to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.

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