Bear spotted at Medford’s Jackson Apartments Monday morning

MEDFORD, Ore. – A bear was spotted this morning at the Jackson Apartments in downtown Medford.

This is the second bear sighting over the past two days within city limits.

Medford Police and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife responded this morning to the sighting at the apartment complex.

The bear was high up in a tree bordering the edge of the complex and the entrance to the Bear Creek Greenway.

ODFW says this kind of sighting is not unusual for the area.

“In our region and in Oregon in general we have a very high bear population to begin with,” said ODFW wildlife biologist Chris Shelton. “They do venture on into town unfortunately every now and then.  Most of the time they’ll leave.  They’ll come and go fairly often on the outskirts of town there.”

Medford Police say its not aggressive so it’s best to leave the bear alone and allow it to return home on its own.

They also say if you see a bear, leave it alone, bring your pets inside, and don’t leave food out and easily accessible to animals.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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