The bear that was first seen in Magnolia two weeks ago is thought to be the same bear that was captured by wildlife agends at a greenbelt in North Everett close to the Snohomish River.
Agents tranquilized the bear and drove him to the Cascades where he was released. They said he jumped out and took off for parts unknown.
They spotted the bear in Everett Friday afternoon while he was taking a nap. He took off after the first tranquilizer shot but they found him again with the help of a bear-scenting dog and gave him another shot. After he fell asleep they put the bear on a sling and carried him to a trap. Agents noticed the bear’s coat did not look shiny possibily because he has been eating human garbage and not the nutrients he would get in the wild.
The agents tagged him so he can be identified if he shows up again. The bear has been on the run since he left Magnolia. He was spotted in Ballard and Shoreline before his capture in Everett. He never threatened any humans during his time on the run.
Wildlife agents don’t think he will come back to Seattle. They said he has likely had enough of the big city.