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Black Bear Spotted in Issaquah

Rebekah posted a photo on Twitter Sunday of a bear she said was in Issaquah in a back yard of a home on Front Street. Anyone else see a bear in the area this weekend?
Here's the link to her photo - https://twitter.com/Rebekah_MODE/status/343833394725150720/photo/1
Jenny Manning June 11, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Yikes! I had an encounter on Tiger Mountain with what I think was a cougar on June 9. We weren't close enough to see it (thank goodness) but could hear it, and what sounded like another animal dying/being eaten. This was about 3:30 p.m. a couple miles up the trail from Issaquah High School.
Bob McCoy June 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Jenny Manning, this area lies on the WUI, Wildland-Urban Interface, and we have bears, cougars, bobcats, and other of nature's fauna. Your comment indicates that you have not read my Patch blogs trying to dispel myths and fears of our local predators, and that you have little understanding of our biggest cat, the cougar. I would also venture that you have not availed yourself of the many outreach events held in this area regarding our wildlife. To state you had an "encounter" when you did not even have a 'sighting' is a misuse of clearly defined terminology for wildlife interactions. You might avail yourself of Western Wildlife Outreach's excellent materials regarding cougars and other apex carnivores in the Northwest: http://westernwildlife.org/cougar-outreach-project/cougar-safety/ To have heard "something" might well have been an animal being eaten, but to assume a cougar was having dinner, and the cougar was announcing it to the world, is a bit of a stretch. What, exactly, is the sound made by a cougar while killing a meal? As a stalk and pounce predator, mountain lions are silent in their approach. They efficiently kill, and unless taking down larger prey such as an elk, the prey's struggle is usually short, if any at all. Also, to make sounds while eating is to attract attention, and attention is what cougars avoid. Perhaps, though, you heard a cougar caterwauling? That is a call to attract a mate, one of the few times cougars do not want to avoid attention. Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. Your best way to be safe in our outdoors is to be knowledgeable about our wildlife, and to carry Bear Spray, pretty much in that order.
Ben Stieglitz June 18, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Yes, bears, possums, deer, rabbits, coyotes, and raccoons call Issaquah their homes (I have yet to see a Cougar in person). They are a welcome sight and seem to weave in and out of peoples back yards quite quickly and quietly. I wouldn't have even know there were bears in my yard if it wasn't for a IR security camera I had installed a while back. They are quite peaceful. The bears that show up in our yard, in my experience, are quite scared of people and don't want anything to do with them. They just smell the garbage and want an easy snack. If you keep the garbage area clean and secure you will have no issues other than a pass by and on to the next yard. In my opinion they are a special treat to living in this area and I wouldn't want it any other way. Hope that helps.

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