According to Komo 4 News reporter, Joel Moreno, who was in Snoqualmie Ridge filming a story about numerous bear sightings reported in Snoqualmie in recent weeks, a 147 pound, 2 1/2-year-old male black bear was captured today off of Strouf Ave. The City of Snoqualmie Police Department has been working with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife since spring tracking local bear activity.
Moreno said the bear is being transported to PAWS in Lynnwood for a medical exam, as they think something may be wrong with his vision. A eyesight impairment might explain why the bear had been getting so close to people, possibly not realizing he was that close. Fish and Wildlife Officers want to make sure he can see well before releasing him back into the wild.
There were at two reports of bear sightings over the weekend in Snoqualmie; one on Cascade Ave and one in the Silent Creek area. Both times it was reported the bears climbed fences to access backyards. According to the Silent Creek bear spotter, police said they were tracking six local bears, two in the Silent Creek area and that traps had been set in the area.
Komo News aired their Snoqualmie bear story during the 5PM newscast on June 25th. To watch that story click HERE.