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TRAIL USERS REMINDED TO AVOID ROVER’S RUN, OTHER NEARBY TRAILS: Sow Brown Bear and cubs seen frequenting the area


WARNING BEAR ALERT: July 21 2010 - Warning, a brown bear sow with three, two year old cubs has been repeatedly seen on Rover's Run trail, there is a high probability of encountering a brown bear on this trail. It is recommended that all trail users seek alternate routes and to avoid using Rover's Run trail. Trail Users are reminded that they use the trails at their own risk.

rover's run trail

Anchorage is bear country. Learn to be safe outdoors.
Your safety, and that of the bears and other trail users, depends on it.

ANCHORAGE- A sow brown bear with three, two-year old cubs have been observed
traveling on Rover's Run trail in Bicentennial Park several times in the past week.

Cameras on the trail indicate that the majority of recreational users on this particular trail
are cyclists. Bike riders are thought to be more likely to encounter a bear because they
move quickly and quietly and have a high probability of surprising a bear.

As a result of the sightings, brightly colored warning signs have been placed at the
junction of the Gasline and Rover's Run, Rover's Run and Moose Meadows, and Rover's
Run and Viewpoint Trail. City officials strongly recommend that trail users utilize alternate
routes and to avoid using Rover's Run under any circumstances.

As always, people recreating in all Anchorage's parks are reminded to practice common
sense bear safety practices:

· Buddy up. You are safer in a group.

· Make Noise. This will prevent you from surprising a bear.

· Use your senses to stay aware. No headphones!

· Carry bear spray. Have it accessible and know how to use it.

· Don't feed bears. Handle food, fish and attractants responsibly.

· Slow down. High speed equals high risk in bear habitat.

· Leash your pets. Off-leash pets can bring bears back to you.

· Never run from a bear!

The Municipality of Anchorage's Parks & Recreation Dept. maintains a website
(http://bears.muni.org) dedicated to updating citizens about bear sightings while providing
other bear safety resources.

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