A rest area in Elma, Wash., was closed due to the presence of a black bear in a nearby tree, state transportation officials said.
Kelly Stowe of the state Department of Transportation said the Highway 8 rest area was closed at 5 p.m. Sunday due to the bear's position in a tree between the parking area for trucks and the restrooms, KOMO-TV, Seattle, reported Tuesday.
"The bear is still there," Stowe said. "It's up in a tree, and so our maintenance crews are out -- they've cordoned off the area."
The state Department of Fish & Wildlife said officers can't remove the bear because it could fall from the tree and injure itself if hit with a tranquilizer dart.
"My best advice if you're heading eastbound on State Route 8 is to use the facilities at home before you go or wait until you pass the rest area -- because until the bear is out of the area they're not going to open it up to the public," Stowe said.