During the last 24 hours, there have been several reports of bear sightings on Bainbridge Island received by the Bainbridge Island Police Department (BIPD) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The last reported sighting of the bear was around 11:45 Wednesday night near Bainbridge High School. School administrators have been notified and are aware of the situation. The bear has also been seen recently near Grow Avenue.
At this time, there have not been any reports of aggressive behavior by the animal.
WDFW suggests Islanders remove attractants, such as suet and bird feeders, and keep garbage can lids tightly secured.
Please do not shoot the bear, as it would be unlawful. If you observe aggressive behavior during a bear encounter, please call 911.
If you spot the bear on Bainbridge Island, call WDFW dispatch at 360-902-2936. They are collecting information to establish the bear’s movements, so they can plan a safe and humane way to trap it and remove it from the island.
For information about staying safe around bears, please visit the National Park service website.