Bear blamed for car damages in Alaska airport parking lot

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A bear has been blamed for a pair of vehicle break-ins at an Alaska airport parking lot that resulted in thousands of dollars in damage to one car, officials said. The vandalism occurred at the Island Air terminal parking lot adjacent to the Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported last Wednesday.

Vehicle owners Doreen Phillips and Alyssa Brenteson are both residents of Akhiok, a village about 145 kilometres from Kodiak.

Brenteson parked her car for two days at the lot and returned to find a caved-in roof, broken window, ripped seats, and muddy bear prints and fur covering her car, she said.

An estimate determined Brenteson’s car suffered USD15,000 in damages, she said. Brenteson noticed Phillips’ car experienced similar damage two days later, she said. The Island Air lot is near a wooded area and separate from the long-term parking lot at the airport, which charges USD5 per day. Brenteson and Phillips use the free parking area while making regular trips to buy groceries and do other errands, they said.

Photo provided by Alyssa Brenteson shows damage to a car vandalised by a bear while it was parked in the Island Air terminal parking lot adjacent to the Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport in Kodiak, Alaska. PHOTO: AP