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Brown Bear Loitering Near Nome is Killed By Wildlife Management

Wind farm, Nome

A brown bear was recently spotted feeding on a muskox behind the Icy View Subdivision in Nome. In the interest of public safety, the bear was killed by Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Department of Fish & Game.

Troopers report the bear was defending a partially buried musk ox carcass near a well-traveled recreational trail by Icy View. Letty Hughes with Fish & Game said the bear was described as “being on a kill.” Fish & Game staff found the bear attempting to cache the dead muskox—and when troopers arrived on scene, the animal was actively feeding.

Many attribute last year’s upswing in “nuisance muskox” near town to muskox attempting to avoid bear predation. Last spring, Fish & Game observed brown bears around several groups of muskox during calving, documenting predation on calves, and the movement of muskox herds from outlying areas around Nome into city limits.

Hughes said that to reduce nuisance muskox situations in town, Fish & Game is permitted to take game to promote public safety—which was done last Thursday when an offending bear was killed. The public is encouraged to report bear sightings or bears causing problems in and around town. When reporting a bear, please give a description of the animal to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, State Troopers, or Nome Police.


  1. Scott McClintock on July 15, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    It’s always a shame when we need to destroy an animal who is only doing what they naturally do……don’t get me wrong, I don’t condemn the Trooper’s action, it is not a good thing for a person to come upon a bear with his “kill”. I know and survived such an encounter and wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone.

  2. Marilyn on July 15, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    How about ‘nuisance humans’…..

  3. larryshaeffer on July 16, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    I do condemn the troopers actions. They always gotta kill something, someone with their hands up in the air or a bear doing what comes naturally-cops became cops so they could shoot stuff-people and animals-hopefully they’ll get their just do sometime.