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Ashland Residents Urged to be Cautious Around Bears

May 16, 2016
For more information, contact John Stromberg, mayor, 541-552-2100
A May 11 incident in which an Ashland resident came home to find a black bear in his house serves as a reminder to be cautious around bears, which are numerous in the many wooded areas around the City. In the incident reported to the Ashland Police, a homeowner on Orchard Drive came home to find that a black bear had entered his house through an open door. The bear left on its own without incident.

“Fortunately no one was harmed,” said Ashland Mayor John Stromberg. “However, precautions are definitely in order, both for our own safety and because the bears can be unintentionally lured into being euthanized by careless or unaware human behavior and habits.”

Bears are particularly active in those areas of Ashland that abut or are near creek drainages.  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife cautions residents to never feed a bear. ODFW also advises residents to keep garbage, pet food and barbecues secure and to clean up fruit trees and compost piles to avoid attracting bears. Recology Ashland Sanitary offers bear-proof garbage cans as an optional service.

ODFW also offers the following advice if you encounter a bear:
  • Never approach a bear at any time for any reason. If you see bear cubs, leave the area.
  • Give any bear you encounter a way to escape. If you are on a trail, step off the trail and slowly back away.
  • Stay calm. Do not run or make sudden movements. Face the bear and slowly back away.
  • Do not make eye contact with the bear.
  • Don’t run! It may encourage the bear to chase you.
Report aggressive animals and sightings in residential areas to the Oregon State Police or the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 541-826-8778.

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