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Trap set for thirsty bear at Camas park

Posted: Updated: April 23, 2013 03:13 PM
A bear at Lacamas Park tries to get every last drop out of a McDonald's soft drink.  // Photo: Tom Fisher A bear at Lacamas Park tries to get every last drop out of a McDonald's soft drink. // Photo: Tom Fisher
Bear at Lacamas Park // Photo: Tom Fisher Bear at Lacamas Park // Photo: Tom Fisher
CAMAS, WA (KPTV) -

Bear sightings over the past 10 days at Lacamas Park in southwest Washington have led Fish and Wildlife officers to set out a bear trap in the area.

Tom Fisher, from Vancouver, went out for an evening stroll and spotted the small bear, possibly a cub, about 20 feet off the trail Monday around 5 to 6 p.m.

Fisher said the bear didn't appear to be scared by people walking by on the trail. He even snapped a few photos of the bear, including one of the bear drinking what Fisher said was a large McDonald's soft drink.

A spokesman for Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife said officers started getting reports of the same bear around Lacamas Park's trail system about a week and a half ago.

One week ago, they set out a trap, but there have been no results yet and officers continue to bait the trap each night. The cub may be part of a group of bears seen at Lacamas Park last November. Because Lacamas Park sits on a green belt, it's not unusual to have sightings in the wooded area.

But a sergeant at the park reported people are getting fairly close to this cub, which weighs about 30 to 40 pounds.

"We would caution them not to do that," Bartlett said.

Fish and Wildlife officials said there does not appear to be an immediate threat with the bear, but they want to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

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