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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 9:36 pm | Updated: 12:04 pm, Wed Jul 17, 2013.

OLD HARBOR, Alaska - An Alaska Fish and Game Department official says a thin female brown bear with four young cubs has been fatally shot at a Kodiak Island landfill after numerous efforts to deter her failed and she repeatedly menaced people.

Fish and Game regional supervisor Larry Van Daele described the bear as a landfill "junkie," saying she could not break the habit of eating garbage, even with a new electric fence around the landfill and a nearby stream full of salmon.

The Anchorage Daily News ( ) reports the bear was killed Monday at the Old Harbor village landfill.

Trooper Sgt. Eric Olsen said the Old Harbor Bear Patrol Team tried for months to scare the animal off, blaring the village police officer's vehicle siren and pelting the bear with rubber bullets and bean bags.

In a statement, troopers described the bear as blind in one eye and "very emaciated." Van Daele says the cubs have not been seen since their mother was shot. He says their survival chances are not good.

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