Bear — or bears — still on loose in Camas

first_imgA bear seen roaming near Round Lake at Lacamas Park since September may be smarter than your average one, and it could have company.In the last week, several people at the Camas park have reported bear sightings at two separate locations at the same time, leading the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife to suspect there could be more than one bear in the city.“There’s the possibility that there are two bears,” said Craig Bartlett, a spokesman for the department.There have been no reports of two bears being at the same place at the same time, he added.The last reported bear sighting was on Tuesday, when three people saw a bear heading east toward the skate park. The same day, the Camas Police Department received reports of a bear near the Washougal River Greenway.Capture attempts failThose sightings come on top of the ones reported within the heavily wooded, 311-acre park, where the bears are suspected to be on the hunt for extra food to prepare for winter hibernation.Attempts to capture the bear or bears have been unsuccessful, despite Fish & Wildlife placing donut-baited traps in the park for the past six days. It’s uncommon for bears to go so long without being captured after they come into city limits, Bartlett said, so Fish & Wildlife will continue to step up trapping efforts.last_img

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