Medford Police Department received a report from a citizen that a black bear was seen in the area of 1000 block of Larue Circle at just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. Two Medford Police Officers were immediately responded to the area in an attempt to locate the bear. The officer’s were unable to locate the bear.
At 7:52 a.m. there was a second sighting of the bear. This time it was reported to be running in Lone Pine Park towards Lone Pine Elementary School. Three officers responded to Lone Pine Elementary and located the bear. The officers quickly set a perimeter and were able to contain the bear after it ran up a tree on the south side of the playground. The bear was not acting in an aggressive manner, but due to the potential risk the school was placed on emergency lock down as a precaution.
Mark Vargas, Oregon Department of Forestry and Wildlife, responded and was on scene by 9:30. A tranquilizer dart was used on the bear. Once the tranquilizer took affect, the small bear was tagged and taken to a secure location. The bear was unharmed during this event. The bear was taken to the Klamath Falls area where he will was released. The bear was estimated to be approximately 90 to 100 pounds and in good health. The Medford Police Department was also assisted by Oregon State Police Fish and Game Officers.