There have been multiple reports of black bear sightings near the Scatter Creek Rest Area, which is at milepost 90 on I-5 just north of Grand Mound.
According to a Facebook post by a neighbor, the bear was also seen near 176th and Leitner Rd, in the neighborhood behind the rest area to the east of the freeway.
Bears almost never attack people. You’re far more likely to get struck by lightning. “Most negative black bear encounters are caused by surprising the bears or giving them a reason to think you are a threat,” Born Free USA said.
If you do encounter a bear in a populated area, slowly back away, do not approach or threaten the bear, do not try to take a selfie with the bear, and call 911 to report the sighting.