CAMAS, Wash. -- A bear wandering through Lacamas Park has forced two high school cross-country meets to be moved within the last two weeks.

Camas Police have received a number of calls about bear sightings over a 10-day period, especially in the forested 331-acre park, said Sgt. Scott Boyles.

Tuesday the competitors had just started racing when an adult runner came off the trail and warned them he had just seen the bear, according to Camas High athletic director Josh Gibson.

Our number one priority is to make sure that the kids are safe and that we don t take chances with them, said Camas High athletic director Josh Gibson.

Cross-country races at the park were also relocated due to a bear sighting Sept. 25. The two sightings were the first reports there in five years.

State wildlife officials were working with police, Boyles said. He added that bears are commonly sighted at lower elevations this time of year..

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