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North Bend Man Arrested For Unlawful Killing of Black Bear
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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A North Bend-area man was arrested Wednesday evening by an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife trooper on an allegation he shot and killed a black bear on July 9 and left it to waste. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be pending.

On July 18, 2012, OSP Senior Trooper Levi Harris received a tip regarding the illegal killing of a black bear by an identified suspect on rural property outside of the North Bend city limits. Subsequent investigation led Harris to the property where evidence was found substantiating the tip.

At approximately 6:25 p.m., Harris contacted the property owner, JOHN ALLEN GIBSON, age 42, at his place of employment in Coos Bay and took him into custody for Taking Black Bear Closed Season. GIBSON was lodged in the Coos County Jail.

Information developed during the investigation indicates the bear weighed approximately 200 pounds and its remains were dumped on state forest property a few miles from the suspect's residence. Its unknown at this time if the bear was male or female.


The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division ensures compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance the long term health and equitable utilization of Oregon's fish and wildlife resources and the habitats upon which they depend. Other important services include public safety and enforcement of criminal and traffic laws.