Why is it that any time a bear is sighted in a populated area, the sighting always seems to occur near a school? There were two separate stories in the news today that followed this pattern. One was about three bears that have been wandering around Bremerton, WA, and the other was about a bear sighting in Bellevue. Both mentioned that the bears had been seen near schools. Judging from the intelligence of some of the bears I have met, I'm guessing that a few of them have gone so far as to attend classes at these schools. I think that's what the whole "bear sighted near school" phenomenon is about. The bears really just want to expand their minds, but as soon as someone sees them the whole school goes on lock-down. The bears are then chased by Karelian bear dogs, darted and moved way back out into the mountains where there's not much fancy book-learnin' to be had. Poor creatures. These days it's nearly impossible for them to become smarter than the average bear :o).