Bears Spotted On Far Edge Of Lane Community College Campus

May 24, 2019

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 an image captured by a webcam in the Marston Forest, a mother bear and her cub are seen climbing a tree in the early hours of May 20th, 2019.
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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.

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.
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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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