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Old 06-13-2011, 06:19 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The bears are coming out and apparently having trouble finding food. These were taken about two blocks from us in Sammamish, near Mead Elementary.
Another was spotted in the same area this weekend.


SLIDESHOW: Mother Bear, 2 Cubs Seen In Sammamish - Photos - KIRO Seattle
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Old 06-13-2011, 07:43 AM
 
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Wow, my husband and I just returned from a trip to Seattle, he interviewed and we neighborhood searched together. We LOVED Sammamish, but we both wondered what types of critters live around the area. This at least partly answers the question. Thanks for the link!

PS We were there when the bear was shot in Lynwood.
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:22 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The bears are pretty rare, we've been here 18 years and only twice before have heard of sightings. The deer eat our hostas and rose leaves,
we regularly see opossums, and racoons. We also see 2-3 coyotes a year but only when dark in the very early morning.
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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We love living in Sammamish! This same momma and cubs were likely spotted on Mother's Day near our house by Pine Lake in a tree. There are plenty of deer and my neighbor has seen a cougar in the greenbelt before. There is a bald eagle or two that have a nest in Pine Lake and they fly over our bus stop some mornings. Very cool! The school my kids used to go to (Sunny Hills) has sent home e-news a few times saying wildlife was sighted in the area. Their playground is part forest. It's not something to worry about safety wise though. I have yet to hear of anyone in Sammamish being attacked by a black bear. I have heard of two bear attacks the whole time I have lived in Seattle and one was up near Lake Chelan and the other was a man mountain biking in another area of Seattle. Both times dogs were involved. You do have to be aware of wildlife anywhere in WA though!

It's not just Sammamish either. My husband works with someone who has a great photo of a cougar sunning next to her kid's Little Tykes playhouse on their patio!!
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:51 AM
 
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It's not just Sammamish either. My husband works with someone who has a great photo of a cougar sunning next to her kid's Little Tykes playhouse on their patio!! LOL


We loved Pine Lake and will likely focus our search around that area. We ate lunch at Pine Lake park and we saw the eagles flying above.

I'm accustomed to black bear and deer (spent summers in Northern WI). So neither are much of a deterrent for me. We were considering whether or not to fence the back yard my youngest at 5 is small for her age and might be tempting for cougar. We also have a medium sized dog that would likely scare off most animals.

My experience is if the animals are wild enough they are easily scared off by loud noises/barking (and usually avoid populated areas) if they are accustomed to feeding on trash or being fed by people they become overly friendly, as happened in northern WI a while back.

What about wolf packs? Are there any in the area?
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:01 PM
 
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What about wolf packs? Are there any in the area?
No, just the coyotes. Wolves have been re-introduced to areas east of the mountains but have never been here.
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:39 PM
 
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One of my son's scout leaders saw some bears on his deck recently, probably the same ones;

From Sammamish Patch Blogs: Bears Spotted Sunday in Sammamish - Sammamish, WA Patch
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Old 06-13-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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If you want to see one, there's a good chance on the trail that starts on Lake Alice Road in Fall City and goes to the viewpoint of Snoqualmie Falls.
We have seen bears 3-4 times while walking or biking about half way from the Lake Alice Road parking area to the falls end.

We have seen bears several times there, and you see droppings from them and coyotes all over. If you go, stop for a burger and fries at Small Frye's.

Preston-Snoqualmie Trail | Washington Trails | TrailLink.com
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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I have never seen evidence or heard any critters messing with my compost cans or trash cans. A little surprised by that to be honest with you but it's not been a problem. I will see deer in my front yard occassionally but we live right off a wetland area that also has a lot of berry foilage in the summer.

So glad you like the Pine Lake area. I feel very blessed to live in such a beautiful area. It's been 4 years and I still feel like I see the beauty with fresh eyes each day!!
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:55 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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I wonder if they've been seen in the newer developments? I always hear of human encroachment on natural habitats as being a primary driver for people running into bears. But is there any merit to this?
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