Bear spotted in Arlington

ARLINGTON — Parents were asked to pick up their children at Pioneer Elementary School on Wednesday, Oct. 7, after a bear was spotted after school let out.

Kristin Banfield, city of Arlington spokeswoman, said that area residents spotted the bear near SR 9 and Eaglefield Drive/Crown Ridge Boulevard in southern Arlington between 3:30-4 p.m.

Banfield said Pioneer was put on partial lockdown and parents of children who walk home from school were contacted to come and pick up their children.

The bear was also spotted meandering east toward the high school, and it eventually made its way down to a ravine behind the school — most likely the bear's native habitat, Banfield said.

Representatives from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife were on hand but not needed during the sighting, she said.

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