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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 5:45 pm | Updated: 11:39 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

SITKA, Alaska - Officials have shot and killed one of three bears possibly responsible for killing a Sitka man on Chichagof Island.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports ( police believe it was one of two cubs seen with a sow near the remains of 54-year-old Thomas Puerta.

A necropsy was planned Tuesday.

Police confirmed the death Sunday and said remains were likely that of Puerta, who left Sitka in a skiff Thursday on his way to a forestry job site when his boat apparently broke down.

Boaters found the skiff Sunday and investigated. They were confronted by three aggressive bears protecting a cache, which contained the partially eaten remains of a man. Police tentatively identified Puerta based on items at the camp and information from family.

Police want to kill all three bears.

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