Bear sighting in DuPont

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The American black bear is the most common and widely distributed bear in North America. (Photo by Alan Bauer.)

The American black bear is the most common and widely distributed bear in North America. (Photo by Alan Bauer.)

UPDATE 7:15 p.m. May 10, 2013:

The News Tribune and King5 News are reporting that Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife captured a 160 pound bear late this afternoon in Lakewood. Wildlife officials believe it’s the same bear that appeared in DuPont, Camp Murray and JBLM earlier in the week.

Original Post: May 9, 2013 at 1:21 p.m.

The City of DuPont has reported that on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a small 70-100 lb bear was observed in the area of 400 Bell Hill Loop.

DuPont Police Officer Adkins and Steilacoom Sergeant Rodriquez responded to the scene and observed the bear in a field north of the 76 station at the intersection of Barksdale Avenue and Wilmington Drive. They were able to “shoo” the bear back into the woods. The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife was called to investigate.

On Thursday, May 9, Fish and Wildlife arrived and began investigating the sighting. Apparently the same bear was sighted in the vicinity of Camp Murray sometime Thursday morning.

The city continues to monitor the situation and provide details when available.

Some things to consider:

  • Bears normally travel at night. They are typically not a danger to the public, although it is never safe to approach a bear. PLEASE STAY AWAY.
  • Safety precautions include removing bird feeders and storing all pet food inside.
  • Bears have been known to get into garbage cans. If possible, store your garbage inside. If that is not possible, as a preventative measure, spraying ammonia or bleach on your garbage cans may deter the bear.

For further information, please contact the regional office of the Department of Fish and Wildlife at (360) 249-4628 or visit the website.

Don’t forget – If you have an emergency, dial 911.

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