Black bear, cubs steal kids' lunch boxes at Anchorage campus

The Associated Press
June 18, 2014 02:45 AM

In this Saturday, June 14, 2014 photo, a mother black bear wanders with her two spring cubs near the parking garage along Alumni Drive on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT (KTUU-TV, KTVA-TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Witnesses say a black bear and two cubs that have been seen frequently in midtown Anchorage stole several lunch boxes at a children's day camp on the Alaska Pacific University campus.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that Katie Adrian, program manager at the summer program run by Camp Fire USA, says the bears wandered onto the school's soccer fields Monday, soon after the campers ate lunch at picnic tables.

There were snacks left in the lunch boxes.

The bears carried a few into the woods and ripped them open. After that, Adrian says the bears walked away.

The bears were not aggressive and camp staff corralled the kids. After this, she says the campers will eat in a different spot and store their food indoors.

Alaska Fish and Game Department assistant area wildlife biologist David Battle says there are no plans to remove the bears.

He says the agency doesn't consider them a public safety hazard — and he hopes people act responsibly and secure their food and garbage.

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