UPDATE: KPMS being extra-careful during bear sighting

A bear on the campus meant modified lockdown for students

of the GatewayMay 27, 2014 

One of the perks of living on the Key Peninsula is the feeling of having nature in your backyard. Sometimes, that nature comes a little close.

Key Peninsula Middle School was on modified lockdown this morning due to a bear sighting on the campus. The bear was spotted at about 9:15 a.m. The lockdown was lifted around 11:15 a.m.

"We have blessings of being in a rural area" Principal Jeri Goebel said.

A modified lockdown means no students leave the building. Lunch, physical education and clubs are not allowed outside.

As of 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Fish and Wildlife was on the scene, checking to make sure the area was bear-free, Goebel said. A "bear alert" letter was sent home to parents.

The "bear alert" letter is informal, saying that the school is being cautious. It also includes tips on living areas frequented by bears.

Goebel said the bear was spotted by a nearby community member who came over and alerted the school staff. The same bear, she said, was believed to be spotted near the library in Key Center.

"It's just kind of part of our region," Goebel said. "Around here, people are used to seeing them."

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155 karen.miller@gateline.com Twitter: @Gateway_Karen

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