Alaska Assembly approves hiring city bear cop

The Anchorage Assembly passed a resolution late Tuesday night to hire a seasonal bear officer to handle problem animals that threaten public safety.

The resolution, proposed by Assemblyman Bill Starr, will allow the city to contract a wildlife safety specialist to track bears and "take appropriate action" against those that cause problems.

The Assembly voted 8-2 in favor of the resolution following amendments that stripped it of language requesting the Board of Game authorize increased hunting in select areas such as the Hillside and Eagle River.

Also removed was phrasing that specifically authorized the specialist to relocate and destroy problem bears.

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