Second black bear sighting north Spokane - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Second black bear sighting north Spokane

Posted: Updated:
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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Exposed handlebar grip kills 6-year-old Pullman boy in bicycle crash

    Exposed handlebar grip kills 6-year-old Pullman boy in bicycle crash

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 2:13 AM EDT2018-08-15 06:13:21 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Six-year-old Denny Curran should be enjoying his last few days of summer before first grade. He should be teasing his brother, splashing in the pool, giving his parents a hard time about vegetables. Instead, Denny is dead, the victim of a horrific, freak bicycle accident that could happen to your child too. "Denny was an extraordinary child," his father Keith Curran told KHQ.

    >>

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Six-year-old Denny Curran should be enjoying his last few days of summer before first grade. He should be teasing his brother, splashing in the pool, giving his parents a hard time about vegetables. Instead, Denny is dead, the victim of a horrific, freak bicycle accident that could happen to your child too. "Denny was an extraordinary child," his father Keith Curran told KHQ.

    >>
  • Central Washington school district shortens school week to 4 days

    Central Washington school district shortens school week to 4 days

    Friday, August 17 2018 2:10 AM EDT2018-08-17 06:10:51 GMT
    Photo: PixnioPhoto: Pixnio

    SEATTLE (AP) - A school district in central Washington state is moving to four-day weeks when the school year begins later this month. KING-TV reports the Waterville School District will hold classes Monday through Thursday, giving students and faculty three-day weekends. Superintendent Tabatha Mires says the change aims to increase staff retention and recruitment as well as boost attendance and improve classroom experience.    

    >>

    SEATTLE (AP) - A school district in central Washington state is moving to four-day weeks when the school year begins later this month. KING-TV reports the Waterville School District will hold classes Monday through Thursday, giving students and faculty three-day weekends. Superintendent Tabatha Mires says the change aims to increase staff retention and recruitment as well as boost attendance and improve classroom experience.    

    >>
  • Handcuffed DUI suspect dies in jump from Highway 520 bridge

    Handcuffed DUI suspect dies in jump from Highway 520 bridge

    Friday, August 17 2018 11:19 AM EDT2018-08-17 15:19:17 GMT

    SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol says a handcuffed drunken-driving suspect is dead after jumping from the Highway 520 floating bridge into Lake Washington.  Authorities say a trooper stopped the 31-year-old Kirkland man a little after 1:30 a.m. Friday. After being handcuffed, he resisted being placed in the trooper's patrol car and then leaped off the bridge. 

    >>

    SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol says a handcuffed drunken-driving suspect is dead after jumping from the Highway 520 floating bridge into Lake Washington.  Authorities say a trooper stopped the 31-year-old Kirkland man a little after 1:30 a.m. Friday. After being handcuffed, he resisted being placed in the trooper's patrol car and then leaped off the bridge. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Aretha Franklin's funeral set for Aug. 31 in Detroit

    Aretha Franklin's funeral set for Aug. 31 in Detroit

    Friday, August 17 2018 4:46 PM EDT2018-08-17 20:46:54 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) - Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 31 in her hometown of Detroit.    The late singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be held at Greater Grace Temple, is limited to the Queen of Soul's family and friends.    Public viewings will take place Aug. 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    >>

    NEW YORK (AP) - Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 31 in her hometown of Detroit.    The late singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be held at Greater Grace Temple, is limited to the Queen of Soul's family and friends.    Public viewings will take place Aug. 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    >>
  • Legal battle raging over home owned by Shasta Groene but used by her dad

    Legal battle raging over home owned by Shasta Groene but used by her dad

    Friday, August 17 2018 4:00 PM EDT2018-08-17 20:00:34 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - 13 years ago Shasta Groene lived through unimaginable horror. In mid-May, 2005, her mother, her mother's boyfriend, and her oldest brother were murdered in front of her. 8-year-old Shasta was kidnapped and, along with her 9-year-old brother Dylan, tortured and sexually abused for weeks. 

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - 13 years ago Shasta Groene lived through unimaginable horror. In mid-May, 2005, her mother, her mother's boyfriend, and her oldest brother were murdered in front of her. 8-year-old Shasta was kidnapped and, along with her 9-year-old brother Dylan, tortured and sexually abused for weeks. 

    >>
  • Level 3 evacuations in place for Crescent Mountain fire in Okanogan County

    Level 3 evacuations in place for Crescent Mountain fire in Okanogan County

    Friday, August 17 2018 3:56 PM EDT2018-08-17 19:56:22 GMT

    TWISP, Wash. - A level 3 evacuation order has been issued for people living along Twisp River Road west of the Buttermilk Creek intersection Friday. People living in the area should leave immediately and evacuate east toward Twisp. The Crescent Mountain Fire is currently on Snowshoe Ridge advancing down drainage toward Eagle Creek.

    >>

    TWISP, Wash. - A level 3 evacuation order has been issued for people living along Twisp River Road west of the Buttermilk Creek intersection Friday. People living in the area should leave immediately and evacuate east toward Twisp. The Crescent Mountain Fire is currently on Snowshoe Ridge advancing down drainage toward Eagle Creek.

    >>