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Bear wanders into Alaska high school

June 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM   |   Comments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 14 (UPI) -- Police in Alaska said a small black bear was chased out of a high school when it wandered into the building through an open door.

Anchorage police officer Chris Mueller said some doors at the Bartlett High School were left open Wednesday afternoon because of ongoing construction projects, and the small bear wandered in through one of the doors, the Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday.

"She was shopping. Any trash can that had any food in it was knocked over," Mueller said. "She peed in the hall at one point. Another teenage ne'er-do-well, just a different species."

Mueller said school staff evacuated the building and police officers drove the bear away by banging on doors.

The bear fled into a wooded area, and a pair of state biologists hoping to fit the animal with a tracking device were unable to locate it about a half an hour after it left the school.

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