Veterinarians discover bullet inside injured Issaquah bear
November 11, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 4:10 p.m. Nov. 11, 2010
A black bear trapped in a backyard near the Issaquah Highlands on Thursday morning is in guarded condition at a Lynnwood wildlife rescue center. The bear has a bullet lodged in its spine.
State Department of Fish and Wildlife agents tranquilized and captured the bear after the homeowner reported a trapped bear in a creek on the property.
The bear — a male about a year old and 135 pounds — appeared to become stuck in a logjam and had endured a night in a creek on the property. The weakened animal developed hypothermia as a result.
Sylvia Moss, a spokeswoman for PAWS in Lynnwood, veterinarianss at the center had spent Thursday afternoon attempting to stabilize the bear’s body temperature.
Moss said the bear did not appear to have any bone fractures. The wildlife center plans to keep the bear overnight to determine if it still has use of its hind legs.
Moss said veterinarians do not yet know how long the bullet has been embedded inside the animal. The bear is to receive another thorough examination Friday morning.
The incident is the latest in several autumn bear sightings reported by Issaquah-area residents.
Experts said bears might be active in suburban settings because the crop of late-summer wild berries — a key part of their natural diet — is in short supply. The situation has prompted bears to roam farther in order to find other food sources, such as garbage containers.
“The homeowner did the right thing in calling the Department of Fish and Wildlife,” Moss said.