Bonney Lake, WA

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History

Bonney Lake is a younger city when compared to most in the greater Seattle area, having been incorporated on February 28th 1949.  Although this is a slightly younger city, it is still rich in history. The Naches Trail, a former Native American path extending from the waters of Puget Sound to the Cascade Mountains and beyond, saw not only the traffic of Native Americans, but also trappers with the Hudson Bay Company, and explorers from the 1841 Wilkes United States Exploring Expedition. When this trail was realized to be one of the most passable way over the mountains, it was later turned into more of a road and was named the Immigrant Road. Families began coming to western Washington by this road in 1853, even though the trail was still unfinished. William B. Kelley arrived in 1864 with his wife, father Nathan, and his siblings. Both William and his father claimed land on the banks of Finnell’s Creek. This area was abandoned by Reuben Finnell because of Native Americans burning down his cabin and barn during the Puget Sound Indian war. Kelly donated land for a one-room school house, and nineteen-year-old Kelly Lake became the school teacher. Lake described in a journal how she left a hatchet on her school desk to defend against wild animals such as bears and cougars, and other Native Americans that were still in the area. In 1964 Ken Simmons moved his family into the Bonney Lake community. There was no electricity, and no water. Only a few dirt roads existed in Bonney Lake, and Simmons was determined to change that.  Less than a year after incorporation Bonney Lake had roads put in, along with a water system, and even electricity. In 1957 there were only 12 businesses in Bonney Lake, now there are over 500, thanks to Ken Simmons and the incorporation of the city. 

 

Common Wildlife

Common wildlife in Bonney Lake varies greatly. We've had calls ranging from raccoons or opossums, to bats and woodpeckers. With such a diverse wildlife population, it is not uncommon for residents to call us not knowing what kind of animal they are having problems with. 

 

 

 

Wildlife Damage

Depending on what type of animal you're dealing with, the damage can range from a couple scratches on the exterior of your home, to torn insulation and siding being ripped off your home. Damage from critters can be substantial and very pricey, however with our elite team of wildlife inspectors we will identify the problem animal and choose the best procedure for their removal to prevent these situations.

The fact of the matter is, everyone deals with wildlife. You are not alone. 206.317.5048