Mount Vernon, WA – On June 1st, 2019, at approximately 4:03 a.m. the Mount Vernon Police Department was dispatched to a report of a black bear in the 700 block of E. College Way. Additional reports indicated that the bear continued to travel south to E. Fir Street. Mount Vernon Police Officers tracked the bear to the 400 block of N. 17th where it went up a tree and was contained.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Officers responded to the scene. They were able to tranquilize the bear in the tree. The sedated bear was safely caught in a tarp as he slipped from the tree.
A coordinated effort by Officers from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mount Vernon Police Department and personnel from the Mount Vernon Fire Department ensured the bears safety.
Due to markings on the bear, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Officers believe this to be the “Island Hopping Bear”. He has been making rounds in Island, San Juan and Skagit Counties. The bear was last seen in Burlington on May 31st.
Mount Vernon Officers said “The bear did however refuse to identify himself so positive identification could not be verified.”
The bear was released, in the wild, on his own recognizance on June 1st, 2019.
Reference: Mount Vernon Police Department Case 19-M09378