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Bear sightings reported in Tumwater

Tumwater bear makes backyard appearance

Neighbors have spotted an apparently young black bear foraging through backyards in southwest Tumwater.
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Neighbors have spotted an apparently young black bear foraging through backyards in southwest Tumwater.

Laurel Haas was home in Tumwater on Monday when she heard a rattle in the backyard.

“I looked up and I saw something black. I thought it was a dog, but it was a bear,” she said.

Tumwater police got calls about a cub spotted Monday afternoon on Kirsop Road Southwest and in the evening on Gold Court Southwest.

Haas said in her case, the bear hung around long enough to eat all the seeds in her bird feeder and even ring some wind chimes before wandering back into the woods behind her house.

This time of year, black bears coming out of their dens are hungry but natural food sources like berries can be scarce, according to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The agency recommends securing garbage cans and grills, taking down bird feeders until the winter, and feeding pets inside.

If you see a bear, get people and pets away from it and call Fish and Wildlife at 360-902-2936 or 911 if it is an emergency.

Depending on the location, officers may come to trap the bear.

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