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Multiple black bear sightings in Mill Creek this week

There have been a number of bear sightings in Mill Creek during the past week. Residents should take steps to avoid attracting bears looking for unsecured food or garbage and should keep a safe distance from them if they are seen.
Black bear sleeping in tree near Sweetwater Ranch neighborhood. Photo credit: Mill Creek Police Officer Chris White.

By Lesley Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

There have been a number of bear sightings in Mill Creek during week of June 26, 2019. Residents should take steps to avoid attracting bears looking for unsecured food or garbage and should keep a safe distance from them if they are seen.

Mill Creek Police tweeted on Wednesday, June 26th, that they were aware of the “lazy black bear” sun bathing in a tree in the Sweetwater Ranch neighborhood of Mill Creek.  

Officer Chris White captured the photo of the bear at around 12:30 pm. The police said that it had not been aggressive and did not pose a concern, however, they had notified the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

That same day, a resident made a Facebook post about a bear sighting near 153rd by Chopper Park.

Previous to this on Tuesday, June 25th, there were Facebook posts about bear sightings near the golf course and country club; on 164th Street SE and 38th Drive just east of Sunset Drive; the 2900 block of Seattle Hill Road; and a bear was seen crossing the road by 35th Avenue SE and going into the Parks neighborhood.

According to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, their offices receive hundreds of black bear complaints each year regarding urban sightings, property damage, attacks on livestock, and bear/human confrontations.

They state that the number one reason for conflict is the result of irresponsibility on the part of people: access to trash, pet food, bird feeders, and improper storage of food while camping.

Secondarily, young bears (especially young males) are not tolerated by adult bears and they wander into areas occupied by humans.

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