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This bear seems to have found a home near Bellingham

Bear crawls up on deck railing near Bellingham

Pam Simmons provided this video of a black bear climbing onto the deck at her home north of Lake Whatcom on Saturday, June 10, to nibble on food in a bird feeder.
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Pam Simmons provided this video of a black bear climbing onto the deck at her home north of Lake Whatcom on Saturday, June 10, to nibble on food in a bird feeder.

Looks like the Toad Lake bear is settling in to the neighborhood.

Pam Simmons said a black bear, which looks similar to one reported by other area residents in recent weeks, climbed onto a neighbor’s deck last Saturday to nibble on food in a bird feeder and use part of the railing as a scratching post. The bear was in the yard for nearly three hours, Simmons said.

The residents notified agents with the state Department of Fish & Wildlife, who have been tracking the bear and hope to trap it. They also removed the bird feeder.

Several residents have reported seeing a juvenile black bear in the Toad Lake/Tweed Twenty area in the past few weeks, as he seeks out backyard bird feeders, chicken coops – basically any place he can find food.

Bellingham Herald readers Bianca Gordon and Brian Boatman shared this video of a juvenile black bear snooping around a home on Academy Road just east of Bellingham, Washington on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Last month, several people reported a black bear on the Lummi Indian Reservation, and earlier this spring one was spotted near Blaine.

Residents can take steps to protect their property against wildlife, including keeping pet food indoors, securing or locking garbage bins, and taking down bird feeders, said Alysha Elsby, manager of the Wildlife Center at the Whatcom Humane Society. Callers can report sightings to the Fish & Wildlife’s regional office in Mill Creek at 425-775-1311.

If a bear sighting is an emergency, call 911, Jones said.

Blaine Police provided this video of a juvenile black bear sighted near Odell Street and Pipeline Road in Blaine, Wash., at about 9 p.m. Monday, May 8. State Fish and Wildlife Department was notified but no action was taken because the bear wasn’t

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