Bear sighted near Pine Lake Middle School
May 9, 2013
A bear was reportedly sighted on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road near the fire station, according to an email from Pine Lake Middle School.
The school asks parents to continually remind children that they are in the presence of wildlife every time they walk to and from school or play outside their home.
“A community “sighting” is just a reminder that coyotes, cougars, bears, bobcats and other animals always live around our residences and schools,” the email stated.
The school gave these safety tips to keep in front of your students and family year round:
• Never make direct eye-contact with a threatening animal.
• Never turn and run away from a wild animal; slowly back away from the animal and make yourself appear as big as possible.
• Never feed or interact with any unknown animal.
• Report any unknown animal sighting to an adult.
• 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 bird seed 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 feed on 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 predators.
• Use noise-making devices when coyotes are seen. Check with local authorities regarding noise and weapons ordinances.
The school also recommends reporting potentially dangerous wild animals to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Dangerous Animal Hotline at 1-800-477-6224 toll free.