Police investigate dead bears found in trees
Oregon State Police are investigating after two dead black bears were found in trees in the Talent area, including a bear that had been shot with an arrow and two bullets.
At about 3 p.m. Saturday, OSP troopers responded to a call about a dead bear in a tree with an arrow sticking out of it near Anderson Creek Road outside Talent.
An investigation found that not only was the bear struck by an arrow while in the tree, it also had two bullet holes, OSP said.
The dead bear was located so high in a towering Ponderosa pine that Jackson County Fire District 5 was called to help get the bear down. Firefighters used a fire engine equipped with a tall ladder to reach the bear, according to OSP and photos of the investigation.
“Bears in general wedge themselves into trees to balance themselves within the branches. That is probably why after it died, it didn’t fall out of the tree,” said OSP Communications Director Mindy McCartt.
A second dead bear was found in a tree in the same area Monday. That bear was decomposed, but OSP officials say they believe the animal’s death also was human-caused.
Anyone found guilty of poaching a bear in Oregon could face a multitude of fines, as well as the loss of hunting privileges for several years or potentially a lifetime, McCartt said.
She said OSP doesn’t have additional information about the investigation that it can release at this time.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call OSP dispatch at 1-800-452-7888 or the shortcut number to reach OSP via cellphone, which is *677. Information can also be emailed to TIP@osp.oregon.gov. Reference case number SP22291483.