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Kirkland News Room

Police investigate bear sighting near North Rose Hill/Totem Lake neighborhoods

September 28, 2015

Contact: Lieutenant Mike Murray
Operations Division/PIO

Kirkland, Wash. – Between the hours of 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on September 27, the Kirkland Police Department received several calls from residents of the Montebello apartments, 12200 block 131st Lane NE stating that they saw a bear. Callers reported that the bear was not being aggressive, had not approached any individuals and it appeared that the bear was only interested in the trash containers in the complex. Officers did an extensive area check, but could not locate the bear.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) was contacted and provided advice to our officers on scene. They will be assisting the police department with any further sightings of the bear. Kirkland Police officers will be in the area this morning just as a precaution.

Some information from the WDFW web site should a citizen see or encounter a bear:

  • Stay calm and avoid direct eye contact, which could elicit a charge. Try to stay upwind and identify yourself as a human by standing up, talking and waving your hands above your head.
  • Do not approach the bear, particularly if cubs are present. Give the bear plenty of room.
  • If you cannot safely move away from the bear, and the animal does not flee, try to scare it away by clapping your hands or yelling.
  • If the bear attacks, fight back aggressively. As a last resort, should the attack continue, protect yourself by curling into a ball or lying on the ground on your stomach and playing dead. Learn more at

For any additional information please contact ­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lieutenant Mike Murray, Kirkland Police Department at 425-587-3402 or