Bear found in Sumner Monday | Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife received a call from state patrol reporting a bear sighting in Sumner.

Shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife received a call from state patrol reporting a bear sighting in Sumner.

Once Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers arrived on seen, they saw the bear on 60th Ave. East.

The officers moved the bear east, toward town, to a vacant lot on Graham Ave.

The vacant lot is filled with blackberry bushes and other brush and according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Sumner Police Department brought a backhoe to help clear the property.

The bear went into an uncleared area of the lot and officers sent in a specially trained Karelian bear dog to find the bear.

The dog located the bear and alerted officers of its whereabouts. Waiting for officers to get into place, the dog kept it in one place by harassing it.

The officers hit the bear with a tranquilizer dart shortly after noon.

Once officers were able to look at the bear, it was determined that it was an older female bear who was most likely on the pursuit of blackberries, plums or other ripening fruit.

She was taken to a holding facility and will be released into a wilderness area away from Sumner, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.


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