A grizzly bear was spotted in Marysville on Thursday evening, May 1, at about 5:30 p.m.
Hannah Hollister, who lives on 301 Street, just below the Rails to Trails, says the bear was in her driveway where her four-year old son was playing.
“My son was outside playing with the hose. He came in and told me there was a bear. We went outside and it was still there. It was definitely a grizzly, probably two or three years old.”
Hollister says she used to work for Fish and Wildlife and would recognize a grizzly. She said her son pointed to where he had been standing, about eight feet from the bear.
“He thought it was awesome,” she said.
Hollister said the bear wasn’t doing anything, just standing there. It didn’t appear afraid of them, but didn’t appear aggressive either.
“My son told me that our little dog — who is afraid of cats — got between him and the bear. She barked and the bear backed off to the end of the driveway. I called her away and she was growling at the bear but she came. Then she scooted into the house with her tail between her legs. We went inside and shut the door. I opened the blinds, which are squeaky, and that seemed to scare the bear off.”
Hollister called the Conservation Officer service and was told that there had been other reports of the grizzly in town last week.
Residents are encouraged to manage attractants so the grizzly, or any other bear, will move on.