Risk of attacks high in Alaska's bear-dense park

There aren't just a couple of grizzlies that traipse through Far North Bicentennial Park at the eastern edge of Anchorage each summer.

At least 20 have passed through over a two-year period.

So says state wildlife biologist Sean Farley, who spent the past two summers gathering telltale DNA specimens from brown bears that frequent the mostly wild 4,000-acre park.

And Farley isn't surprised that the place where one such bear attacked and mauled a 15-year-old Anchorage girl early Sunday morning was near the intersection of the South Fork Campbell Creek and the Gasline Trail.

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