Bears sighted near Issaquah’s skate park

April 29, 2011

By Laura Geggel

NEW — 4 p.m. April 29, 2011

A mother bear and two cubs were seen on Rainer Trail by Issaquah’s skate park on Friday, according to an email Clark Elementary School sent to parents shortly after noon.

Clark staff reminded parents to discuss wildlife basics with their children, including:

  • Students should always walk to and from school in groups, preferably with at least one adult.
  • They should not interact with any unknown animal.
  • They should never feed an unknown animal.
  • They should report any unknown animal sighting to the school or to their parents.

Animal control experts have listed several additional precautions residents can take during this spring season when bear and coyote sightings are frequently reported:

  • Keep garbage and compost piles securely covered.
  • Keep pet food and water inside, and keep pets indoors or confined in a kennel or covered exercise yard.
  • Do not feed wildlife on the ground; keep wild birdseed in elevated feeders designed for birds, and clean up spilled seed from the ground.
  • Do not feed feral cats; coyotes prey on the cats and eat cat food left out for them.
  • Minimize ground cover vegetation near children’s play areas to avoid attracting rodents and small mammals that, in turn, attract coyotes.
  • Use noise-making devices when coyotes are seen. Check with local authorities regarding noise and weapons ordinances.
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