Bear killed in Alaska town after second attack in 24 hours

ANCHORAGE — The city of Galena, a town of 700 about 270 miles west of Fairbanks, is abuzz with its second black bear attack in less than 24 hours, and this time, the bear was shot and killed, Galena police report.

The bear was aggressive, police say. It had charged a 14-year-old girl and a man and fought with a dog before Howard Beasley stared it down and shot it sometime after 1 a.m. Saturday, according to Galena Police Chief John Millan. No people were injured.

Locals believe the bear was preying on moose calves — veal, to a bear. Beasley, director of the city water plant, was returning from fishing at about 1:25 a.m. when his wife told him about the bear, which had attacked the teenager. Kids in Galena play outside until all hours in summer, when the sun doesn't set, Beasley said.

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