UPDATE 7 p.m. Wednesday: Cal Poly police and state Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens said no one has reported seeing the wandering black bear as of 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Original story: Maybe the bear just wants to go to college.
Cal Poly police sent out an email alert at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday that a bear was sighted north of Stenner Creek Road near campus and that California Fish & Wildlife officials were on the lookout for the critter.
“Use caution,” the alert warned.
“Someone saw the bear eating out of a Dumpster or trash can and called it in,” campus spokesman Matt Lazier said.
Police believe the bear is the same 3-year-old, 200-pound black bear that cruised the campus area with police, wildlife biologists and camera-toting fans in hot pursuit for a night and a day last month before finally disappearing.
At that time, Fish and Wildlife biologist Bob Stafford said the bear probably made its way down Cuesta Grade. It was first spotted in the 300 block of Broad Street around 7 p.m. Sept. 19.
The next day, the bear strolled through Santa Rosa Park and over to the Mustang Village apartments on Foothill Boulevard by the Cal Poly campus before heading out, probably encouraged by the tranquilizer dart and bean bags launched at it by authorities.
The undoubtedly woozy bear was believed to have fled down Stenner Creek on Sept. 20.
Now that it has apparently come calling again, anyone who spots the bear should call authorities, Lazier said.