A bear walked into the Anchorage airport post office and wouldn’t leave. Police shot it.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 07:02:28 PM. The bear got into the facility through a door trucks use to access the building, a USPS spokeswoman said.
A black bear that entered the post office at the Anchorage airport was killed Sunday after police couldn't get the animal to go back outside, officials said. The bear entered the Anchorage Processing and Distribution Center through a door trucks use to access the building, said Dawn Peppinger, spokeswoman for USPS. "It's just one of the doors that we use when we move mail in and out the facility," Peppinger said. Airport police were called around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, said Lt. Harry Crippen with the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Police and Fire. Police found the bear but were unable to herd it back outside through an open garage door. They corralled it into a garbage compactor room, at which point the animal become aggressive and it was shot, Crippen said. The sequence of events lasted maybe 10 minutes, Crippen said. No people were injured, and nothing was damaged, Peppinger said. The Anchorage processing facility is the largest post office in Alaska. About 75 employees were in the building at the time, Peppinger said. The facility was briefly shut down during the incident. The bear was in an area separate from the public post office, which was already closed, Peppinger said. USPS and police gave conflicting reports about how employees handled the situation. Peppinger said that employees followed evacuation procedures and left the area. Crippen said that officers were telling employees to leave, but that they continued to stand around and watch as police tried to...Read more
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