At 8:54 p.m. Halloween night someone called the Seward police to report a black bear they saw near the Jesse Lee Home. That hillside street, and especially Dora Way just above it, are popular trick-or-treat spots. An officer responded but was unable to locate the bear. While there, however, someone reported seeing a bear at Great Bear Circle. The officer responded, and must have seen one as he set off cracker shells to scare the bear away, according to the Police Journal.
Incidentally, at least one elementary school-age child I know of planned to trick-or-treat as a bear. He was going to wear the actual bear skin of the bear that his father had hunted. Luckily, there were no police reports of children being shot at last night.