SITKA, Alaska — Authorities are warning Sitka residents to be on alert after numerous bear encounters in the city, including one involving a bicyclist who was chased by a bear down a bike path.

The Sitka Sentinel reports ( ) that police have recently received several calls about problem bears, and they think it may just be one animal causing all the fuss. Reports have varied from a bear getting into a garbage container to one breaking into a parked pizza delivery car.

One caller told police Monday he saw a bear chasing a bicyclist on a path bordering Sitka National Historic Park. He says he drove his pickup truck across the path to cut the bear off and the animal eventually ran off into the woods.

Authorities are urging the public to be cautious and keep their trash out of reach.

Information from: Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel,

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