Bear spotted in tree outside of Monroe High School

Administrators took extra precautions dismissing students from school on Monday afternoon.

A bear was seen Monday, Oct. 8, in a tree near Monroe High School. (Monroe Police Department)

A bear was seen Monday, Oct. 8, in a tree near Monroe High School. (Monroe Police Department)

MONROE — A bear was seen in a tree outside of Monroe High School on Monday afternoon.

The Monroe Police Department, which was notified at 1:22 p.m., was focused on keeping the animal in the tree.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife arrived to the scene around 2:20 p.m. — about the same time that students were dismissed from school.

After a precautionary lockdown, kids were dismissed as usual. Transportation was arranged for those who normally walk home, according to an alert posted on the school website. Additional staff was made available to guide students out.

After-school activities and a junior varsity football game were not canceled.

The bear remained in the tree throughout the afternoon. Wildlife officers said they would wait to see if the bear would come down on its own terms.

“But they believe that won’t happen until the people and cars aren’t out there,” said Debbie Willis with the Monroe Police Department.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Navy now plans to send 3 more ships to Everett

The destroyer USS John S. McCain is the latest with plans to move here within the next 13 months.

One dead, three hospitalized after Highway 522 crash

An East Wenatchee woman died after a head-on collision Saturday night in Monroe.

Man suspected of child abuse in Hawaii arrested in Shoreline

He was wanted for investigation of seven counts of child sexual assault and abuse in Maui.

New grants aim to retrain aerospace workers

County program offers up to $250,000 per business to help workers acquire new skills.

Marysville man charged in stabbing, trapping of girlfriend

After allegedly keeping her in the car for hours as she bled, he dropped her off at the hospital.

Police: Lake Stevens political sign thief assaults witness

The suspect, 66, removed signs of two Black candidates, then attacked a man who confronted him, police said.

Humpback whale hit by Mukilteo ferry, Chip, is presumed dead

The whale, age 3, has not been seen since being struck Monday. His companion was later seen alone.

Lynnwood police chief retires; city planning for replacement

Chief Tom Davis was a career cop who put an emphasis on building relations with the public.

Most Read