Thursday, 21 June 2012

Police called to expel bear from vandalizing high school

POLICE were called to deal with unruly behavior at an Anchorage high school yesterday (13th June), but it wasn't a troublesome student - instead they had to chase a bear out of the classroom building.

Bartlett High School - home of the Golden Bears sporting teams - was evacuated yesterday afternoon while police went inside to scare the small brown bear out, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Police banged on some doors and the bear ran outside and off into a nearby wooded area, officer Chris Mueller said.

"She was shopping. Any trash can that had any food in it was knocked over," Mueller said. "She peed in the hall at one point. Another teenage ne'er-do-well, just a different species."

The bear had entered through a door left open for builders doing construction work on the east Anchorage school, Mueller said.

Eugene Dixon, who was cutting weeds on the school grounds, told the Daily News that the bear "stood about waist high."

Authorities have already shot and killed three brown bears this summer in and around Anchorage.

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