In this July 4, 2013, file photo, a bear walks between a viewing stand and a fisherman in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. The National Park Service has completed a project to relieve an Alaska traffic jam. A new elevated bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve is expected to halt heart-stopping encounters between human pedestrians and brown bears both using the old bridge. (AP File Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

In this July 4, 2013, file photo, a bear walks between a viewing stand and a fisherman in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. The National Park Service has completed a project to relieve an Alaska traffic jam. A new elevated bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve is expected to halt heart-stopping encounters between human pedestrians and brown bears both using the old bridge. (AP File Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

New Alaska park bridge aimed at limiting bear encounters

It replaced a bridge that was often closed to tourists because it was occupied by locals — brown bears.

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