Ferndale resident, Melissa Lange, said she was driving on Portal Way, south of Grandview Road about 8:20pm this evening when she noticed cars stopped along the road. Soon she realized why and stopped too.
A bear described by Lange as “huge” could be seen heading across a field west of I-5. “It was just strolling towards the left (northward) and then it turned around and ran towards the woods when someone stopped on the freeway on-ramp,” Lange said.
Lange caught the bear’s run toward the wooded area on video (see below).
Others who saw the bear say they contacted the Washington State Patrol and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. While taking note of sightings, officials from these agencies have said they typically do not take any action unless the animal is injured or has attacked people, pets or livestock or caused significant property damage.
Bears can be found throughout Whatcom County and there have been several sightings on Lummi Island and the Lummi Peninsula this year. This evening’s sighting is the furthest north a bear has been reported this year. Other recent sightings had occurred in the area of Hovander Park.