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State plans to kill bear family of 5 in Alaska neighborhood

FILE:  A black bear seen in Lyme, N.H.

FILE: A black bear seen in Lyme, N.H.  (AP)

Alaska wildlife officials say they plan to kill a family of five black bears that's been roaming through an Anchorage neighborhood for a second year.

The Alaska Dispatch News, an Anchorage newspaper, reports there is no timeline set for officials to kill the adult sow and four yearling cubs.

The plans were announced Thursday by Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials, who cite public safety concerns for the planned action.

Fish and game biologist David Saalfeld says he was called to the neighborhood Wednesday after people had surrounded the bears. Saalfeld says some were taking photographs of the animals, which had all climbed up a tree.

Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh says the sow began exhibiting defenses behavior, such as popping her teeth and huffing.