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Bears Spotted On Far Edge Of Lane Community College Campus

Lane Community College

Recent footage of a mother black bear and her cub captured on a webcam near Lane Community College in South Eugene has spurred both wonder and caution. 

In the early hours of Monday, May 20th, the two animals crossed before the camera, which a zoology research group had set-up on the far south end of the Marston Forest.  The bear mom and her cub climb a tree with their strong claws and limbs.

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A red marker signifies where the webcam is positioned, that captured the bears' activity. It's on the far southeast end of the Lane Community College campus.

Brian Wolfer is manager of the South Willamette Watershed District.  He says should anyone encounter a bear, to avoid panicking or being confrontational. 

“If you have a dog, keep that dog leashed," advises Wolfer.  "Because one of the biggest issues could be if a dog goes and chases a bear, or chases bear cubs and encounters the mother, and gets in a fight and then brings that bear back to the dog owner, that can create some problems.”

People are also advised not to handle or harass a bear cub, as a very protective mother is likely nearby.  And to limit access to food sources, such as garbage or compost.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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