The Associated Press
PORT ORCHARD – Hidden Creek Elementary School in Port Orchard is telling parents not to let children walk to or from school while a big bear may be in nearby woods.
South Kitsap School District spokeswoman Lisa Kirkemo says parents should drive their children, if they don’t take the bus.
The school went into a modified lockdown Thursday after a staff member reported seeing a “very large bear” and three coyotes behind the school near some woods. No students are allowed on the playgrounds or outside without an adult.
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Kirkemo says state Fish and Wildlife agents responded but didn’t find the bear. She says they may return with a trap.
It’s apparently a coincidence that the coyotes were seen with the bear. She says “Critters are just out there.”