Bear spotted near Pine Lake Middle School
September 22, 2011 · 1:54 PM
A neighbor near Pine Lake Middle School sighted a black bear Thursday in her backyard and the woods near the satellite bus barn. Fish and Wildlife officials were called to investigate the sighting.
School officials say a community “sighting” is a reminder that coyotes, cougars, bears, bobcats, and other animals always live around area residences and schools. They offered a number of safety tips for student and families:
- Never make direct eye-contact with a threatening animal.
- Never turn and run away from a wild animal; slowly back away from the animal and make yourself appear as big as possible.
- Never feed or interact with any unknown animal.
- Report any unknown animal sighting to an adult.
- Keep garbage and compost piles securely covered.
- Keep pet food and water inside and keep pets indoors or confined in a kennel or covered exercise yard.
- Do not feed wildlife on the ground, keep wild bird seed in elevated feeders designed for birds, and clean up spilled seed from the ground.
- Do not feed feral cats; coyotes prey on the cats and feed on cat food left out for them.
- Minimize ground cover vegetation near children's play areas to avoid attracting rodents and small mammals that in turn attract predators.
- Use noise-making devices when coyotes are seen. Check with local authorities regarding noise and weapons ordinances.
Report a potentially dangerous wild animal to the Washington State Dept of Fish and Wildlife Dangerous Animal Hotline at 1-800-477-6224. Call 911 for all emergencies.