ASHLAND, Ore-- On Thursday, the Greensprings Rural Fire District Board of Directors issued a statement in support of GRFD Department Chief, Gene Davis, in his removal of a young black bear that was reported near Highway 66 last week.
"Based on the report from Chief Davies, and reports from our community members regarding the ongoing issues with the juvenile bear, we believe Chief Davies was acting in the best interest of the public, responding to a hazard bear persisting on Hwy 66," said the GRFD Board.
According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, wildlife officers from Oregon State Police were notified on Wednesday, April 7, of a young black bear seen in the Greensprings area off Highway 66.
While officers did respond, they found no sign of the bear. OSP got in contact with the person who reported the sighting, and learned that they had picked up the bear.
However, according to the Board of Directors for the Greensprings Rural Fire District, there was an absense of a direct response to that incident.
GRFD states that Chief Davies, "felt compelled to address the situation and remove the bear from the area."
GRFD also states that based on the report from Chief Davis that efforts were made to contact and initiate a response from ODFW, Oregon State Police and other regional authorities by citizens.
GRFD states that Chief Davies requested support from ODFW on April 7th.