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Medford Police Department responds to a bear sighting on Pinecroft Avenue

Medford, OR – On September 6, 2022 at approximately 9:43 p.m., officers responded to the 1100 block of Pinecroft Avenue in response to a bear sighting. The resident reported a bear was in a tree in her front yard.

Upon arrival, officers set up a perimeter and called Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for assistance with the incident.

The bear was in the general area of the prior night’s attack incident. As officers were waiting for assistance from OSP and ODFW, the bear started to climb out of the tree to flee.

Officers on scene shot and killed the bear for the safety of the community. Per ODFW policy, a bear that is a threat to human life is not eligible for any relocation program.

OSP and ODFW collected the bear for inspection and confirmed it was the bear from the prior night’s attack based on the investigative evidence.

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