PD: Bear spotted in Walker appears to be moving out

Kent County

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — A bear police have dubbed “Yogi the West Side Wanderer” keeps popping up in Walker and northwest Grand Rapids.

On Wednesday, the bear walked right up to a business window on 3 Mile Road west of Alpine Avenue. Joe Delfgauw captured video of it and told News 8 it ran away in to the woods when it saw people through the glass.

Walker police say the bear was also seen Tuesday morning near Bristol Avenue and 3 Mile Road NW, heading north. A photo snapped by an officer shows the bear near a home before a barking dog scared it back into the woods.

Resident Lisa Sack sent News 8 video she captured of the bear Tuesday evening along Cloverly Street NW, not far from Bristol and 3 Mile. She said she saw the bear eat from a nearby bird feeder — the second time it has done so in a week — before it wandered away.

The bear has been spotted several times in Walker and northwest Grand Rapids within the past weeks, mostly raiding bird feeders for meals. Police say because the bear hasn’t approached humans and hasn’t been a true nuisance, residents should use common sense and keep their distance.

“With sightings becoming more infrequent, it appears he is getting sick of city life & is slowly but surely moving out of the area,” Walker police stated on Facebook.

Yogi the West Side Wanderer is still in the area, & most recently was observed moving north near Bristol/3 Mile Road (as…

Posted by City of Walker Police Department on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Last week, John Niewoonder from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said because the bear hasn’t gotten into too much trouble, the agency would wait and see if the bear would wander out of town without interference,

Niewoonder said the DNR believes all of the reported sightings are of the same bear.

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