Bear Update Sunday, May 19

People have been calling the San Juan County Dispatch Office reporting sightings of the black bear that apparently swam from Orcas Island to San Juan Island on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Albert Brant  posted a video of the bear swimming towards Point Caution Saturday morning. Brant was on board the inter island ferry. The video is posted on Friday Harbor Rant and Rave in a long thread about the bear. The first post in the thread is at 2:13 p.m. Saturday.

The black speck on the right hand side is the bear. Still from Albert Brant's video

According to the Sheriff's Office, an officer from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is on San Juan Island today (Sunday, May 19). The bear has not been tagged. 

The bear was first spotted on Camano Island, Then Whidbey Island, then in Anacortes on  Fidalgo Island, then Orcas Island and now San Juan Island.

Janice Williams shared this photo of the bear on Orcas Island. 

Here are links to articles about the bear: 

Bear sighted in Anacortes; believed looking for a mate

VIDEO: Watch a black bear on Camano Island

Facts about Bears from Defenders of Wildlife

American black bears are omnivorous: plants, fruits, nuts, insects, honey, salmon, small mammals and carrion.

In northern regions, they eat spawning salmon.

Black bears will also occasionally kill young deer or moose calves.

Litter Size: 1-6 cubs; 2 cubs are most common.

Weight: Males weigh an average of 150-300 lbs ... Height: 2-3 feet (.6-.9m) at shoulders

Length: 4-7 feet (1.2-2m) from nose to tip of tail

The organization has a booklet "Living in Bear Country: Guidelines for Protecting People, Property and Bears"  available as a PDF

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