Freeway bear trapped, being moved to new home

STANWOOD – A black bear who has been wandering the median of I-5 near Stanwood was trapped Thursday night and was being relocated to a better home today.

State Fish &Wildlife officials said the male black bear is “mellow” and will be brought to the wilderness today, far away from rushing freeway traffic.

“They’re hoping they can get him to a good new home,” a wildlife official said this morning.

The 200-pound bear was nibbling on fresh grass, but officials lured him into a trap using doughnuts and maple syrup.

About 6,000 black bear live in the North Cascades, according to bear experts. They typically come out of winter hibernation this time of year and begin looking for good food sources.

Homeowners are reminded to bring in garbage, barbecues and bird feeders that might attract the wild animals to residential areas.

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