September 24, 2023

Oregon: A Lot More Bears Than There Used to Be

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A nearly 500-pound male black bear was legally killed by north Lake County ranchers earlier this month after it killed a large heifer and was found in the family’s herd of cattle.

“It’s a whopper,” said Craig Foster, district wildlife biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“It was shot legally,” Foster said, emphasizing Marie Leehmann, a third generation owner of the 24 Ranch in Summer Lake had actually gone beyond legal requirements by obtaining a kill permit. “Marie and the Leehmanns went the extra mile above and beyond what they had to do by statute.”<<<Read More>>>