A 360-pound black bear captured in Woodinville early Sunday is set to be released back into the woods today.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife lured the bear into a trap with Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The trap was set out earlier last week after the department received a call that the bear was rummaging through garbage cans, said Sgt. Kim Chandler with Fish and Wildlife.
Chandler said the department is planning a “hard release” of the bear on the edge of the woods near Woodinville, meaning officers will scare the bear back into the woods with firecrackers, bean bags, rubber bullets and noise.
So far this year, the department has received 322 bear calls, and about 10 bears have been captured.
Chandler said bird feeders and garbage cans not put away securely draw bears to a neighborhood.
“It’s not a bear problem; this is a people problem,” he said.