BIRCH BAY - Several Birch Bay Village residents had a shock early Tuesday, May 21, when they looked in their yards to see a bear rummaging around for food, said the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.
Multiple residents called 911 shortly after midnight to report they had spotted a large bear in their yards looking for food and eating out of birdfeeders.
By the time deputies responded, the bear had wandered back into the woods near the development. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been notified and will follow up.
What people saw was most likely a black bear, Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Madonna Luers said. They're omnivores, so anything edible left outside - pet food, trash, bird food - can draw bears in.
"We have a lot of black bears in this state," Luers said. "Some of them have learned to adapt to living close to people."
For more information on black bears and tips on how to be safe if you encounter one, go online to wdfw.wa.gov and click on the "Living with Wildlife" tab on the top right of the page.