A video of a black bear hauling a dead deer through a north King County resident’s lakeside backyard is catching eyes this morning.
It was shared late last night by Q13 reporter Steve Kiggins, who received it from a viewer known only as Gwen.
Marked with a graphic content warning (it’s not really), the 68-second-long clip shows the bruin first trot onto a lawn, glance around, then amble back to some trees at the side of the frame.
There it picks up the carcass of a blacktail, turns around and begins to recross the lawn, stopping once to apparently take a breather and get a better grip on its prize.
Then it continues on its way around the shore of the lake before disappearing off camera.
The video is described as having been taken in the Woodinville area, which is where I did a fair amount of growing up, and if I had to guess — note the word “guess” — I’d say it occurred at Tuck Lake.
There are other lakes in the area, of course, but few with anything like the cove seen in the video.
I couldn’t tell you whether the bear killed the deer, some other animal did and the bear subsequently claimed it, or if it was hit on a nearby road and salvaged by the bear.
And while it’s nowhere close to as violent as the deer in 2015 that was attacked by a bruin in a Colorado backyard, it’s still fairly remarkable.
Another reminder from recent weeks that, more and more, we’re sharing some neighborhoods with wild animals.
Editor’s note: Here are tips for dealing with bear encounters.