ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Authorities are investigating after hundreds of fish were left rotting on a hillside near Wasilla.

KTUU-TV reports the fish that appear to be salmon were discarded off a hiking trail near Knik Goose Bay Road. The overpowering smell suggests the fish were left there for some time.

Ken Marsh, a public information officer with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says leaving fish waste on public or private property can attract bears, resulting in a fine of up to $1,000. He says the discarded fish is now a matter for law enforcement.

Wildlife biologist Dave Battle says fish attract bears, which can become aggressive to defend a food source.

Wasilla is about 40 miles north of Anchorage.

Information from: KTUU-TV,

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