Bears bullying hikers on trail near Fairbanks

Rangers have been ordered to kill a pair of grizzly bears if they find the duo displaying the same type of behavior they have been exhibiting toward hikers on a trail in the Chena River State Recreation Area, east of Fairbanks.


Brooks Ludwig is the northern region superintendent for Alaska State Parks. He said that the bears have a long enough rap sheet that the rangers can kill them if challenged.


The bears challenged two different hikers on the popular trail last week. Nobody was hurt.


Ludwig says they are almost certainly the same bears that stalked a 43-year-old professor and her two nieces on July 12.


The woman hit one of the bears over the head with a walking stick and used bear spray and insect repellent to fend them off.