Cross country races moved after bear sightings in Camas

CAMAS, Wash. – Several residents in Camas reported seeing a black bear within the city limits over the last 10 days, police said.

The sightings were in LaCamas Park, a 331-acre park in the southeast part of the city. They prompted Camas High School to move cross county meets that ran through park twice in the last two weeks.

Camas coach Mike Hickey said his team was warming up for a meet on Sept. 25 when they came upon a bear that was about 3 feet tall, the Columbian reported.

No one has been hurt or threatened by the bears.

A spokesperson with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said it is common for bears to migrate to lower elevations this time of year. The department told police it is working on the issue.