Bear heads north to Shoreline, disappears

Update 10 p.m.: The black bear that ran through the middle of Ballard early this morning made a stop Monday afternoon in Twin Ponds Park in Shoreline, temporarily closing the park to the public. But a half hour later, it ran south a couple blocks and hasn’t been seen since. Here’s the latest version of our map, which tracks the bear since it swam over from Magnolia:


View Bear sightings in Ballard in a larger map

Fish & Wildlife officials, meanwhile, have discontinued the search because they don’t believe the small bear is dangerous. The bear had quite a day, swimming across the Ship Canal from Magnolia into Ballard late Sunday night, criss-crossing its way through the neighborhood with police and wildlife officials in close pursuit with tranquilizer guns and tracking dogs. The bear disappeared for several morning hours — wildlife officials believe it was taking a nap — before heading sharply north into Shoreline. There, the media joined the chase (video), with TV crews on the ground and choppers swirling overhead.

If and when Fish & Wildlife captures the bear, it will be “moved to where he belongs, to the woods somewhere,” said Sgt. Kim Chandler.

As is customary, Seattleites like to name our famous wildlife, so what would you name the bear? Post a few of your favorites in comments below…

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rick gregory
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OK, how does a black bear get to Ballard in the first place?

Silver
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Holy crap! Our bear is now up by the school that my boyfriend's kids go to!

Silver
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Good videos here about our bear:

http://www.kirotv.com/video/19492752/index.html

One of the videos has footage of the “Bear dog” that wildlife specialists are using to track Mr. Bear.

Warning: Must sit through annoying advertisement to get to the good stuff.

Uncle Snuffy
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Uncle Snuffy

Maybe the Shoreline Costco is having a sale on 5 gal. buckets of honey.

BallardPride
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BallardPride

Just heard a rumor here at work that they got the bear up in Shoreline by 145th. A co-worked was texted that it was caught around teh corner from a friend's house. Let's hope the scared young'in is ok, and moved to a safe place to roam.

Trix
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Trix

Excellent news if it's true. On the edge of my seat all day worrying about this little guy.

Edog
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Edog

Has anyone named the Bear yet? I vote for Bandit! Or some name starting with B. FYI – I love me some alliteration

A headline should read: Bandit Black Bear Bothers Ballard – Busts Backside – Hight Tails it Outta Town!

Go Bear Go!

Trix
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Trix

I hesitate to name him before knowing his fate.
I don't know. Maybe Dash, or Cooper (as in D.B). Something befitting his traveling ways.
Bandit is good too. I had a cat named Bandit once who was a shifty little bugger.
Any news, btw?

Silver
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Since he's spending so much time in Ballard, how about “Snoose the Bear” or “Lutefisk” or “Stan Bearison?”

ktown69
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ktown69

apparently by walking…

ktown69
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ktown69

King 5 says it's still loose. They have a great story on it right now.

Trix
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Trix

Stan Bearison! Love it!

Bella
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Bella

How funny. I saw them filming that this morning after I dropped my son off at school. My vehicle is stopped in the background waiting for someone to turn left at the end.

Silver
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Is it this one?

http://www.king5.com/video/index.html?nvid=362857

Seems like the latest info as of 6:34pm.

Homer J.
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Homer J.

We're here! We're queer! We don't want any more bears!

I left my heart in Mukilteo
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I left my heart in Mukilteo

Another vote for “Stan Beareson”. Perfect.

Silver
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Did you hear about the Swedish daredevil, Evil Knudson?

He jumped over 43 barrels of lutefisk in a rototiller!

(rimshot)

pattr
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pattr

IronMan Bear is my vote for the bears name. He swam. He Ran and then probably disappeared on a Bike

chopper_74
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chopper_74

This morning, the bear is at large, and hadn't been spotted for several hours. He is definitely on the move, rapidly, covering a lot of ground. I was very pleased to hear that MYBALLARD.COM was getting plugged on the news channels for the incredible map of sightings and times found here. Great job, as always, Swedes!
And 'bandit' is the perfect name…he stole our hearts ;-)

Silver
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Silver
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I like the name Stan Bearison, of course, and I also like Dash and Ironman Bear. But considering that speed seems to be Mr. Bear's hallmark, I'm proposing the name “Booker.”

It's got that alliteration thing going for it, too. ;-)

SeaSpider
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SeaSpider

Probably drawn to Shoreline by all the plump, slow moving people that will make good eats. Ballardites tend to be too skinny and fast moving. ;)

SeaSpider
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SeaSpider

No, he took the 28 bus. Oh wait, there's no way he could have gotten here so quickly on a Metro bus.

gooner
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gooner

cheesy i know, but i am surprised we haven't had the name Bearllard suggested.

Free Bearllard!!

gurple
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How about Bjorn?