Black bear spotted walking across Klahowya's driveway

A black bear, similar to this one seen last June, was spotted Friday at Klahowya. - File photo 2004
A black bear, similar to this one seen last June, was spotted Friday at Klahowya.
— image credit: File photo 2004

A school bus driver at Klahowya Secondary School spotted a black bear out for a stroll on Friday afternoon.

The bus driver was picking students up at the school at about 1:55 p.m. — about 10 minutes before school was to be dismissed — when she saw the black bear on the driveway.

“The driver reported her sighting to the school office, and, at approximately the same time, workers on Newberry Hill Road made the same report to security guards at the school,” according to a written statement from Laurie Cizon, spokesperson for the Central Kitsap School District. “According to both reports, the bear was walking along the driveway, but ran into the woods as the school bus approached.”

The bear sighting was reported to the students before school was dismissed, said assistant principal Mona Swanson, who described the bear sighting as “pretty much a non-event.”

“No one on staff saw it,” Swanson said.

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