Is 'rogue' grizzly on loose? Not likely

Was the brown bear that crossed paths with two Anchorage runners near the Hilltop Ski Area three weeks ago a "rogue bear"?

That's what NBC "Today" show host Matt Lauer said on national TV Tuesday, while wondering whether the same bear mauled 15-year-old Petra Davis of Anchorage on Sunday morning in Far North Bicentennial Park.

"I understand that a runner actually had an encounter with a bear in this same area just a couple weeks ago," Lauer said during his interview with an Anchorage fire chief, medic and bike racer. "Do authorities think this might be the same rogue bear?"

In the first incident, a brown bear sow, accompanied by two cubs, ran over the top of one of two runners but didn't attack either of them.

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