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Bear put down near Lacey school among several wild animals spotted

An injured bear that was about two years old was put down today after it was spotted near Evergreen Forest Elementary School in Lacey, a Department of Fish and Wildlife official said.

The bear was reported around 8 a.m. in the area of 27th Avenue Southeast and Timber Court Southeast, DFW spokesman Craig Bartlett said.

Fish and Wildlife and Thurston County sheriff's deputies determined the bear had been injured by a car.

Because of its injury and the proximity to the school, the bear was put to sleep.

"Bears, like many wild animals, can be unpredictable when they're injured," Bartlett said.

Meanwhile, a bear about 2-years old has been tranquilized and is on its way to the wilderness of the North Cascades after it was captured at the Weyerhaeuser campus in Federal Way today.

The bear's age and coloring were similar to one spotted on Vashon Island earlier, Bartlett said.

Officers used doughnuts to lure the bear to the trap, Bartlett said. The bear posed no immediate threat to nearby facilities or people, he added.

This is the time of year for bears to come out of hibernation and look for food.

"We've got lots of bears right now," Bartlett said. "This is the time the mother bears start driving the young bears off to make a life for themselves."

Also, county deputies responded to a cougar sighting on Churchill Road in Tenino around 2:30 a.m. today, Chief Criminal Deputy Jim Chamberlain said. Deputies were unable to substantiate the sighting.

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