KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. — Officers with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife are searching the residential area of Port Orchard for a wounded 300-pound bear.
The animal attacked two men after they tried to kill it, and search dogs have been brought to a gravel road just off Berry Lake Road to help track it down.
“This bear has just been frequenting this area according to the neighbors, and these gentlemen had a hunting license, and they decided to do it,” Sergeant Ted Jackson with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
After the bear was shot with a bow and arrow on Saturday, the animal went dashing back into woods. Hours later, the men found the bear not far away and that’s when the situation turned dangerous.
“The bear started to turn near the father and son, the father again shot it with his bow, the bear went after him, and then turned and went after the son,” Jackson said.
Both men were treated for scratches and puncture wounds.
Meanwhile, the injured bear is still lurking around the area only a mile away from Sidney Glen Elementary.
“We’d like to get this thing out of here before schools starts,” said Jackson.
Area resident Ken Bruney is keeping a close eye out while working on his property.
“If you wound an animal you better call somebody, or do something about it,” Bruney said.
Fish and Wildlife officials say the bear hunters did not break the law, but they should have contacted authorities sooner since the animal is dangerous.
“We don’t want a wounded bear out there,” Jackson said. “You could walk through the brush and it could be sitting out here and somebody else could get attacked. We need to get it out of here and make sure we can find it.”
Officials say to never approach a wounded bear, and they are asking residents to be cautious and call 911 if you see the bear.
The search will continue until they find the wounded animal.