Black Bear Spotted At Medford Airport

, Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Mon, October 7 2013 at 5:16 PM, Updated: Mon, October 7 2013 at 5:25 PM

An unsuspected traveler made it's way to the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport over the weekend.

But where exactly he was trying to go remains a mystery.

Checking in and going through security, that's what most have to do at the airport, that is unless you're black bear.

"About 3:20, Sunday morning a black bear was located in this area of the airport," said Bern Case, spokesman for the airport.

A black bear was spotted crossing the rental car parking lot and climbing up two sets of fences, remnants of his fur still hangs, he eventually made his way onto the tarmac.

The idea of a bear on airport grounds both shocked and excited travelers.

Airport officials say they did loose track of the bear for some time because there are between 700-800 acres of fenced property.

They located the bear around 7am and as he was seen climbing back over the fence.

"We had someone checking the runway to make sure it wasn't in that vicinity."

Medford police said they received several calls about the bear heading towards Bear Creek.

They were unable to locate him and believe he just took a small detour before heading to his final destination, wherever that may be.

Airport officials say that this is the first time a black bear has entered airport grounds. However, they have seen coyotes in the past.

No flights were delayed.

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