Ashland, Ore. — There are a lot of perks to living in the hills of Ashland the peace and quiet, the scenic views, the occasional wildlife sighting. But for one Ashland man, his encounter with some native wildlife is something he won’t soon forget.
David Goodwin recalled the moment his tenant came home, “Came through the door with an armload of groceries and instead of being met by his tomcat he was met by a bear, a grown black bear. Which aren’t rare around here but they are rare coming through the window.”
Most of the evidence has been cleaned up now, but there’s still proof in the kitchen that a black bear popped in for a visit. “Left a few thank you notes in the way of paw prints, an avocado seed, and an empty cat’s dish and then went out the window the way he came in,” said Goodwin.
Thankfully, Goodwin’s tenant wasn’t injured but he says the incident has served as a good reminder, “If you live in bear country, close your windows a little more, or leave a note that says no bears please.”
David’s tenant did everything by the book, staying calm, and backing away slowly while facing the bear. If you spot a bear, you’re asked to report it to the Oregon State Police or the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.