It’s been awhile since we’ve done a bear sighting story, but this video is probably worth watching.
The black bear climbs the fence and actually pulls a large plastic garbage container out and over the fence with his mouth.
This might help explain why city officials ask residents to keep garbage containers inside their garages.
Braeburn Neighborhood Bear Exposed
Around 5:15AM, Friday, May 30, 2014, Snoqualmie resident Kevin Shea spotted a black bear climbing his fence, attempting to get into a secured, fenced-in section where his neighbor stores their garbage containers.
The incident occurred in the Braeburn neighborhood, about halfway down Snoqualmie Parkway toward historic Snoqualmie. Braeburn is surrounded by multiple wooded areas.
Shea said over the past couple of weeks his family has woken 2-3 times to find bags of trash spread out across the road, but this time they were able to witness it happening.
The incident was actually the bear’s second trip to the Shea’s home Friday morning. Kevin said he woke to noise around 4:45AM, only to see a bear running down the alley with a bag of garbage. When the bear returned, he grabbed his iPhone to document the incident.
Shea commented via email that it was “crazy to see this first hand… how agile they [black bears] are in being able to climb on fences and get into places.”
The City of Snoqualmie asks that residents report bear sightings by calling 911. The Snoqualmie Police Department works with the Washington State Department of Wildlife to track bear sightings and monitor their activity.
For more information on Living with Black Bears visit the Washington State Fish and Wildlife website.
See this incredible bear video click below.