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Tweet from Oregon State Police on July 8, 2022

Bear crashes BBQ at Oregon's Wallowa Lake, a reminder to be 'bear aware', state police say

Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife troopers want people to be “bear aware” after some people visiting Wallowa Lake had an unexpected guest at their barbeque.

Troopers said they were called out after a bear walked up to their campsite and started getting into their food. The troopers gave the group instructions on how to protect themselves and scare the bear, saying “the tactics were successful.”

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has since put out live traps to try and capture the bear and relocate it to a more remote area.

State officials say the best way to keep both bears and people safe is to “keep wild bears wild” stop them from getting human food rewards.

  • Never feed bears.
  • Put garbage cans out just before pick-up.
  • Keep pet food inside.
  • Remove bird feeders.
  • Keep BBQ grills clean or in garage.
  • Clean up fruit under fruit trees.

Oregon State Police included a link to more information on living with bears and other wildlife.

If you encounter a bear:

  • STOP: Never approach a bear at any time for any reason. If you see bear cubs, leave the area.
  • GIVE IT SPACE: Give any bear you encounter a way to escape.
  • STAY CALM: Do not run or make sudden movements. Face the bear and slowly back away.
  • AVOID EYE CONTACT: Don't make eye contact with the bear.
  • DON'T RUN: It may encourage the bear to chase you.
  • FIGHT BACK: In the unlikely event you are attacked, fight back, shout, be aggressive, use rocks, sticks and hands.

Report non-emergency bear activity by calling ODFW directly at 541-826-8774.

Dial 911 if there is an immediate threat to human health and safety.