Police: don't Taser Alaskan bears

Citing the recent off-duty action of one of its officers, the Anchorage Police Department on Monday urged the public to avoid zapping bears with Tasers unless life or property is in peril.

The statement comes after police Lt. Dave Parker used a Taser on July 22 to discourage a black bear lured to a fish fryer at Parker's Hillside home. When the incident was publicized the next day, it stirred up strong reaction pro and con.

A retired wildlife biologist with the state Department of Fish and Game publicly scolded the department for allegedly failing to take the encounter seriously -- especially that the fish fryer drew the bear to Parker's home and led to the Tasering.

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