Residents of Portland’s Concordia neighborhood awoke to some unexpected news Wednesday morning: There was a bear on the loose. The 125-pound black bear was first spotted at about 3:00 a.m., and by 7:30 a.m. it was about 30 feet up a tree in someone’s back yard. Police, fire, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials were on the scene, just off NE Killingsworth Street. They tranquilized the bear and safely removed it from the tree. Once it woke up and had a health check, the two-year-old bear was tagged and released back into the wild.
What questions do you have about how local and state officials deal with wild animals in the city?
- Brian Wolfer: District wildlife biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife