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Caught on Camera - Black Bear in the lower Bull Run River

By Lindsay Wochnick

Most City of Portland employees work in city buildings, conducting their work over the phone, and at their computers.  Employees of public works bureaus find themselves working outdoors, replacing water and sewer pipes, fixing potholes or repaving roads. They rarely encounter any animals wilder than the occasional office spider or a Canada goose. 

But some Water Bureau employees come across real wild animals in the course of their work. 

Black bear in the lower Bull Run River

During the week of September 2nd, while conducting fish surveys in the lower Bull Run River, (well below the water intake pipe that brings your drinking water to town), fish biologist Burke Strobel came across a black bear, perhaps doing some fish surveys of his own.

While bear sightings in the Bull Runwatershed are hardly rare, it is rare that someone would have a camera ready to record its presence.

Terry Black
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