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Bear wanders into Oregon neighborhood

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A bear wandered into a Sutherlin neighborhood, neighbors and officials said, June 7, 2021. (courtesy Leah Muir)

SUTHERLIN, Ore. (KPIC) — A neighborhood in Sutherlin got an unexpected visitor Monday when a bear wandered into the area.

At around 2:15 p.m., the Sutherlin Police Department got a call that the furry intruder was exploring near 4th Avenue and Terrance Lane.

It was walking around and climbing up trees and power line poles.

One resident says it found its way into her carport, and she was able to get some pictures of the little fella.

"I realized that it was a bear, so I kind of jumped up and panicked because my kids were coming home from school so I was just kind of like, 'Crap, I'm going to have to wrestle a bear,'" said Leah Muir of Sutherlin.

SPD says officers spent 45 minutes making sure it didn’t steal honey before escorting it back into the woods.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the bear appears to be a yearling, which means it's likely on its own without a momma bear.

They say it's important to not leave out human and pet food and keep their properties bear-proof.

Habituated bears can quickly become a safety threat, and ODFW says "a fed bear is a dead bear."

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