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Fish heads dumped near Alaska school attracts bear, police

(Courtesy photo)

(Courtesy photo)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police are looking for a man who dumped fish heads in woods near an elementary school.

The perpetrator won’t have to clean up. A grizzly bear took care of that.

The fish dumper, however, faces a $300 fine for discarding garbage that attracts animals.

Alaska families regularly catch dozens of salmon and are urged to properly dispose of fish parts in fast-moving rivers, ocean waters or regular garbage disposal.

The incident occurred July 31 at Ravenwood Elementary School.

A summer school host spotted a man and boy on an all-terrain vehicle with coolers. The host found the fish heads behind the school but they were gone a day later.

The host said a bear seen earlier likely cleaned up the fish.

A school security camera captured the suspect’s image.