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Wildlife Sightings in Sammamish: Bear, Bobcat in the 'Hood

We have a video from YouTube of a recent bear sighting, and we've heard of an area bobcat sighting as well. Share yours in photos or video and let us know where you saw them.

We got a note yesterday afternoon from Sammamish resident Julie Schuster:

Bobcat sighting:

Allen Lake 244th & SE 3rd Place, sighting on other side of bridge from NE 8th: Mama Bobcat and junior were spotted in our yard yesterday at 8:00am!  We have seen her before, but it has been a couple of years. Mama aprox 45-50 pounds junior aprox 20 pounds!  (like a big cat)  It was probably the same babes as we had in our yard a couple years ago.

Bear Sighting:

Attached to this article is a YouTube video uploaded by cheshirelion, showing a likely semi grown up version of a bear cub seen previously in her yard in Sammamish.

Deer more active:

On Tuesday, (though I couldn't take a photo, darn) my son and I stopped for a deer crossing on 4th Avenue NW between I-90 and 221st Place NE, a doe with twin fawns.

Share your local wildlife photos and videos here or describe recent sightings.

Bob McCoy September 14, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Whoa, there. Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are different animals than cougars (Puma concolor). Adult bobcats weigh from about 10 to 60 pounds, while adult cougars weigh in at 80 to 180 pounds. Females are at the smaller end of the scales, and some males will exceed the upper ranges, though it's unusual. This link has three short videos on bobcats: http://www.arkive.org/bobcat/lynx-rufus/video-00.html Here is an 8-minute video about cougars (mountain lions) http://mountainlion.org/featurevideobiology.asp (I am the volunteer field rep for Mountain Lion Foundation in Washington.) The arkive site also has puma videos. We did an outreach on Karelian Bear Dogs, and bear behavior at the Sammamish Farmers' Market on 8/29/12. On Saturday, Sept 29, at 1:00 PM, at the Sammamish Library, we're going to show the documentary "Lords of Nature," and have a rep from Wolf Haven International to answer questions.
Bob McCoy September 14, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Okay, I'm back on point, now. See http://bearinfo.org/black-bears/black-bear-ursus-americanus/ for information on black bears, including how to keep from attracting them. While it may be fun to see a bear lumber through the neighborhood, the reality is that it's extremely dangerous for the bear, and will often result in the bear's untimely death by lead poisoning. A lucky bear will meet up with a Karelian Bear Dog (see http://sammamish.patch.com/blog_posts/life-and-death-on-the-wui), and get a "second chance." An unlucky bear will meet a bullet from an official that lacks the equipment and training to immobilize the bear, and lacks the ability to haze the bear out of the neighborhood. We are so fortunate to have enough habitat for some wildlife in Sammamish. By taking reasonable actions around the home, we can keep our children, pets, and property safe, while protecting the wildlife we share the land with. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to maintain the natural health of this region by being good stewards of the land and our wildlife.
Jeanne Gustafson September 14, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Thanks for the correction, Bob!
Bob McCoy September 14, 2012 at 07:06 AM
That was a learning moment, Jeanne, not a correction ;>) You may have heard me say this: the statistic on cougar sightings is pretty much that 80% of the time, no cougar is involved in the sighting. I just saw an east coast cougar-sighting report in which the person was sure it was a cougar as it had a long, striped tail. Hmmm. I suppose I should have mentioned that people that have black bears coming through the neighborhood might think about outfitting themselves and the kids with air horns. Also, a can of bear spray is about $50, and cheap insurance for your (and the bear's) safety. The BearInfo site noted in my earlier post is a great source of information. WDFW also has good information.
Jeanne Gustafson September 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Thanks for being gentle, but it was clearly a mistake on my part, since the email certainly said Bobcat. I encourage everyone to read the info you've provided, though I'm not sure about giving my boy an air horn!
Jeanne Gustafson September 14, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Thanks for the gorgeous deer photos, Bob!

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