The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking into a deadly bear-vs-dog interaction that happened last week on Snoqualmie Ridge.
According to the city of Snoqualmie, the encounter happened in the Heights neighborhood of the Ridge. A WDFW investigation determined that a bear breached a fence, was chased by the dog, and reacted defensively. The dog was killed by the bear.
WDFW placed a bear trap in the area, but the bear has not returned.
The city reminds residents that every effort should be made for proper garbage management to deter wildlife presence in neighborhoods.
Garbage containers with tight-fitting lids should be kept in a shed, garage, or fenced area. Please garbage containers out for collection shortly before the truck arrives—not the night before.
Upon request, Waste Management can provide wildlife-resistant garbage containers. The container is free; the collection service is $3.24 per month with regular service. Those residents that do not have inside storage for waste containers are encouraged to consider ordering the wildlife-resistant containers.
A detailed list of tips for managing garbage is posted on the WDFW black bear fact sheet.
The city's Public Safety Council Committee is drafting an ordinance related to garbage management that will be considered by the Snoqualmie City Council.
Report Wildlife Incidents to 911
The Snoqualmie Police Department requests that the public call 911 for each bear sighting; 911 will dispatch Snoqualmie police to the location. The Snoqualmie police want to track bear activity and already work closely with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Office on the issue of bear activity in our community.