Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers are heading to Port Orchard to trap a bear that was seen near three South Kitsap schools.
PORT ORCHARD — Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers are heading to Port Orchard to trap a bear that was seen near three South Kitsap schools.
Marcus Whitman Junior High, Orchard Heights Elementary and Discovery Alternative High School are currently on a modified lockdown until Fish and Wildlife officers say it’s safe for students and staff to be outdoors, according to an email from the South Kitsap School District.
The bear was first reported at nearby Abby Apartments. It was seen jumping a fence at Discovery and heading toward Orchard Heights, according to the email.
Between 10 to 15 calls came in to law enforcement this morning to report the bear, fish and wildlife Sgt. Ted Jackson said.
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Jackson guessed the bear reported this morning is the same one seen last week near South Colby Elementary School. He thinks it likely came from nearby Banner Forest and is moving through the area. Jackson said the bear was reported as small in size.
Once convened officers will determine if they plan to track the bear or set traps to capture it. Once captured, the bear will be relocated. Officers will also stand by the schools to make sure it’s safe for students and staff until school is over, Jackson said.
Officers responded to reports of a bear near three North Kitsap schools last week, causing those schools to go on lockdown until officers said it was safe.