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Second black bear sighting north Spokane

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Two bear sightings in five days for one part of North Spokane. The first sighting was Friday, on five mile near North Birch Court, then Monday night and last night on Country Homes Boulevard. Two bear sightings in five days for one part of North Spokane. The first sighting was Friday, on five mile near North Birch Court, then Monday night and last night on Country Homes Boulevard.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Two bear sightings in five days for one part of North Spokane. The first sighting was Friday, on five mile near North Birch Court, then Monday night and last night on Country Homes Boulevard.


 

In Tuesday night's sighting, a woman snapped pictures of the bear picking plums off trees. 


 

"There's a lot of deer, sometimes they'll come by and snip off all my tulip heads," said Bonnie Baird who lives near the bear sightings. Bonnie Baird's seen moose, skunk and raccoons over the last 40 some years of living off Country Homes Boulevard. "I've seen huge turkeys, in like groups of 20 or 25." 


 

Bears like the one pictured, not so much. Baird's backyard leads up to a wooded area, and that is where some suspect this recent visitor is coming from.


 

"What should I do? Maybe you have an idea, what should I do if I see the bear?" asked Baird. The wildlife folks KHQ Local News spoke with say the first step is locking up your garbage cans. This year the drought and devastating wildfires are pushing the bears towards any food they can get. 


 

On top of that, these bears are getting ready to hibernate, so they will eat virtually anything even if that means getting into your trash. "I have kind of been watching, keeping the lid on the garbage and watching for any signs of a bear," explained Baird.


 

But, if you see one, "I don't think you can just say "shoo shoo, goodbye bear". I think you would have to call the animal authorities," said Baird. Bonnie happens to be right. Do not be surprised if one wanders into your yard that isn't welcome.

The last time complaints in the state spiked was back in 2010. Back then, the lack of fall berry production was blamed. If you see a black bear in your yard, call the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife at (509) 892-1001.


 

Click here http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/bears.html to learn more about black bears, and here http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01667/wdfw01667.pdf  for the latest Game Status and Trend Report.

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