Black bear spotted in yard of Eugene home

The homeowner said she's never seen a bear in the area.

Posted: Apr 20, 2018 7:13 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2018 11:51 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A pair of Eugene homeowners spotted a black bear sniffing around their yard while checking security footage.

Jean and Bill Boggs weren’t home at the time, but the camera let them know it had detected motion around the house. When they checked the footage, they found the video of a black bear making itself at home.

The couple lives in the South Hills, in a wooded area.

Jean Boggs told KEZI 9 News they often see animals around the house, but she was shocked to see the bear.

“My first reaction was, that can’t be a bear, What in the world is it?" she said. "I thought it looked pretty small like a baby so I was afraid there'd be a mother somewhere and that would be very scary to get between the cub and the mom."

Christopher Yee, a wildlife biologist, said the bear looks to be only about a year old. He said it's likely it recently left its mother's den and was just hungry.

Yee offered advice for anyone who may come into contact with a bear.

"Remove any kind of food attractant including things that give off scents," Yee said. "Any kind of scent, even oil scents. With bears you never want to look them in the eye, because that's a challenge. You do want to talk softly to them. Make sure they know you're there, and slowly back away from the animal."

A neighbor who lives a few houses away said her German Shepherd and high fence are what keeps her feeling safe. But she's still being careful.

“We felt pretty confident since he's the type of dog that surveys the perimeter of the property all the time," Sara Glater said. "In a way we've chosen to live in these woods because we like that there's wildlife here.” 

Glater said neighbors are going to be extra vigilant in trying to keep food out of the open to hopefully keep those animals away from the homes.

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