Bear checks out Decatur and Blakely islands

The black bear which has been checking out bird feeders on Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Lopez Island, and  Decatur Island for the past few weeks appears to be heading out of the San Juan Islands. The islands' reputation of being a hard place to find a mate is  left unchanged.

Bear on Lopez Island

He was spotted swimming away from Decatur Island Monday morning.  A video. is posted on SJI BEAR watch group Facebook page.

Later the bear was seen on the beach on Blakely Island.

Before the bear swam to the San Juan Islands he was seen on: 

Camano Island

Whidbey Island

Fidalgo Island (Anacortes)

Orcas Island

San Juan Island 

Lopez Island

Decatur Island

Blakely Island


  • Kimberly camera
    Kimberly camera Monday, 03 June 2019 07:15 Comment Link

    How could ANYONE even have the odasity to make that comment regarding bear season.
    This beautiful animal is swimming from Island to Island looking for a potential mate and not hurting anyone!
    The story about his travels puts a smile on faces of our fellow Islanders who embody hearts!
    If you see him just admire from a distance and contact the proper authorities so he can get somewhere safe to continue his search for a mate. Please DO NOT poach this animal!

  • Beth
    Beth Wednesday, 29 May 2019 12:15 Comment Link

    DO NOT HURT THIS BEAR. He is not doing anything to harm people.

  • Charlie
    Charlie Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:33 Comment Link

    When does bear hunting season start?

  • Dorothy
    Dorothy Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:17 Comment Link

    PLEASE don't injure this bear! He is not hurting anyone and WON'T unless you try to hurt or threaten him! You are just trying to rile up the crazy gun crazies who just want to shoot him!!


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