Black bear runs through Ballard

Updated 11 a.m.: Seattle Police and Department of Fish and Wildlife officers spent most of the early morning hours trying to capture a small bear roaming the neighborhood. As first reported here on My Ballard, police first joined the chase near 15th Ave. and 77th St. just after midnight. The bear ran through yards and down back alleys. It climbed a tree, escaping just before officers arrived.

Wildlife officers were armed with tranquilizer darts and a tracking dog, and they told us to stay in our car as we followed the chase at a safe distance. (If you’re curious if the animal ran by your house, My Ballard reader Silver tracked the police calls in the forum here, which we used to create the map below:)


View Bear sightings in Ballard in a larger map

But the bear was too quick. By 3 a.m., it had disappeared in the area around 11th Ave. and 92nd St., and officers called off the pursuit. But two hours later, a resident spotted the animal at 133rd and Meridian.

An officer on scene early this morning told us they believed this is the same black bear that was spotted yesterday around Discovery Park, and that it probably made the swim over the Ship Canal to Ballard. The bear was last seen in Magnolia at 10:11 p.m., and the first sighting in Ballard was around 11:30 p.m. at 63rd and 24th. (Thanks Silver for helping with the story this morning!)

Update: We updated the map with new sightings provided by police.

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Silver
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I'm posting minute by minute updates in the forums here:

http://www.myballard.com/forum/topic.php?id=767

daniel
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Am I the only one who thinks this is awesome?!

Bear on the loose in the city!

ktown69
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ktown69

This is very cool. I wish it had come further west toward our house…maybe it could have freaked out the raccoons enough to leave!!

ninaf
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I think that is hella k-rad. Yay Bears! In fact, I woke my almost husband up at 5am to say there was a bear lose! I don't think he appreciated that though.

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

No, you're not :)

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

I would be shocked by this news except it actually happens fairly frequent down by Des Moines/Federal Way waterfront areas. Still … wow.

Ballard_Rocks_Now
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Ballard_Rocks_Now

Finally someone has a brilliant solution to the homeless problem.

salty_swede
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salty_swede

We need a Bear Patrol!

boardbrown
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boardbrown

Ditka?

yogi
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yogi

Do we know if he came down the railroad tracks as some suspect?

The one a few years ago in the u district/ravenna came down the burke gilman trail.

I believe this is the last Boston Bruins fan running away in shame.

Watergirl
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Watergirl

PI is reporting the bear was seen at 63rd and 24th as well ….

Trix
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Trix

This is fantastic! Hope the little guy is finding non-cat sustenance, though.

Edog
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Edog

Well tomorrow is garbage day, so at least it will have plenty of access to food.

I think I came across the fish and wildlife guys on my morning walk with the dog. We are pretty regular and see the usual suspects almost every morning. Today we came across two men with BIG dogs, we’ve never seen them before. I think one was a Belgian/German Sheppard, and the other a Bernise mountain dog. Both were at least 100 pounds. Freaked my little 70 pound lab mix out.

While I am tickled that bear is lose in our neighborhood, I do hope no one gets hurt.

hopskipandajump
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hopskipandajump

We actually saw the bear last night and yelled to the police who were on the next block over. The dog we saw run over with them was black and white and looked like a large Border Collie. It also had a large bell around its neck.

Edog
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Edog

A border collie with a bell makes a great deal of sense. I'm sure this bear is a moving fast, and really hauling tail. A fast dog that’s trained to round it up without engaging it, is probably the way to go.

Geeky Swedes
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Thanks Watergirl, we updated the map!

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

Thanks for posting the map! I was just thinking I would like to see a bear-tracking report.

Matt Bohlmann
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Looks like he was homing in on some Dick's burgers.

johnnybravo
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johnnybravo

i blame global warming.

ABtm
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ABtm

Meth.

m73
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m73

We got to work together to keep these homeless (bears) out of our community!

m73
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m73

;)

Silver
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Edog – smart comments! Now that I think about it, that's exactly what would be needed.

At some point related to this chase I heard the name of the breed of dog they were using. Something specially bred for the purpose I think. If I find out what it was, I'll post it.

Silver
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LOLbears?

“I can has chezbrgr?”

Silver
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Okay, you guys need to win some kind of award for this story. The bear-tracking map just blew me away! ;-) How cool is that?

Did you get the idea from the Coyote sightings map? (http://nwcoyotetracker.googlepages.com/)

P.S. – I slept in until noon. ;-)