Wellington Elementary School went into a modified lockdown on June 12 after a black bear was spotted near the school, said Leanna Albrecht, Northshore School District communications director. Wellington canceled morning recess that day, and resumed a normal schedule the following day.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds people that 95 percent of conflicts between humans and black bears result from bears seeking food. Don’t leave food out for bears, as they can become “food conditioned” after being fed just once. Store garbage in a garage, shed or fenced area in a container with a tight-fitting lid, or consider investing in a bear-proof garbage container. Be aware that pet food and bird feeders might also attract bears.