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Wildlife Officials Struggling To Capture ‘Unnaturally Large’ Bear Wearing Collar That Failed To Fall Off

Published: May 09, 2022 at 03:11 PM Author: Penny Eims



Washington – Wildlife officials in Washington state have been struggling to find and capture an “unnaturally large” black bear who is wearing a non-functioning GPS tracking collar that failed to fall off when it was supposed to.

Because of the bear’s size, and the existence of a collar that did not come off as planned, officials are concerned that the collar might be too tight around the bear’s neck. The bear has been spotted in the Issaquah area, and officials have set baited culvert traps in an attempt to capture him, but thus far the quest to catch him has proven to be fruitless.

Wildlife officials hope to find the bear not only for his own well-being but also because he has been a bit too comfortable around homes in the Issaquah area. In an email, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Chase Gunnell explained:

‘This bear has been repeatedly getting into garbage and other human-caused attractants and has become quite portly faster than it would feeding on natural food sources,. The bear’s feeding behavior and use of suburban areas also presents a potential for human-bear conflict.”

Anyone who spots a bear, in the Cougar or Squak Mountain area, is asked to contact WDFW at 360-902-2936 or enforcement-web@dfw.wa.gov.

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Rayline Dean
Rayline Dean
13 days ago

Wondering, can’t anyone of animal control shoot that bear with sleep for temporary so the Ranger will be able to take the collar off the bear’s neck? No? Please call wildlife animal controller & tell the controller where the wildlife bear is as soon as possible.Thanks

Tucker Thomas Thomas
Tucker Thomas Thomas
13 days ago
Reply to  Rayline Dean

And then release him back in the Wild.

nora
nora
12 days ago
Reply to  Rayline Dean

That’s the exactly the right thing to do.

deepak
deepak
13 days ago

leave him alone

Tucker Thomas Thomas
Tucker Thomas Thomas
13 days ago
Reply to  deepak

They need to get him so they can get the collar of so it doesn’t get tighter and tighter and cause problems for him, then release him back in to the Wild.

tamara beinlich
tamara beinlich
13 days ago

Seems wildlife officials don’t really want to catch this bear. Their first excuse was his collar might be to tight. Now they are claiming he’s too close to people and eating garbage.
80 to 1 they shoot and kill this bear.

marguerite
marguerite
13 days ago

I hope they do not shoot him,he is magnificant just leave him to the wild after removing collar.

Kate Kenner
Kate Kenner
12 days ago

People need to start being more responsible about their trash; if they are not they have no reason to complain about bears eating it. Now the bear is getting fat and that collar is getting tighter. Such an unnatural world out species has created.

Venice Tucker
Venice Tucker
10 days ago

Pray save bear keep alive need go free fine someone take care bear