2 poached bears discovered in Oregon trees; One shot with arrow, bullets

Poached bear in Tree

(Editor’s note: An image of the bear that was pulled out of the tree with the arrow in it appears at the bottom of this story. It may be disturbing for some).

A dead bear was found with an arrow sticking out of it high in a tree in southwest Oregon Saturday. Oregon State Police is asking the public’s help to find who is behind the poaching and leaving the animal to waste. It’s the latest in a string of poachings reported across Oregon in the past several weeks.

OSP said the bear was found around 3:00 p.m. in a tree near Anderson Creek Road in Talent, Ore.

The investigation found the bear also was hit by at least two bullets, OSP said.

Jackson County firefighters were called in to get the bear out of the tree.

As second bear was found on Monday, also in a tree and in the same area. The bear was decomposed, but OSP believes the death was human caused.

RELATED: $1,000 reward, hunter points offered to find poachers of 2 Oregon elk

RELATED: Buck deer carcass left to waste along Oregon road

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677), or email at TIP@osp.oregon.gov. Reference case number SP22291483.

The reported poachings across Oregon in the past six weeks include elk, deer, bears and at least one wolf. One of those cases happened last month in Deschutes County.

RELATED: OSP looking for 2 people, truck after poaching of elk in Deschutes County

Oregon’s Turn In Poachers (TIP) program offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading toward a conclusion in the investigation of the illegal killing of wildlife and waste of big game.


  • 5 Points-Mountain Sheep
  • 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat
  • 5 Points-Moose
  • 5 Points-Wolf
  • 4 Points-Elk
  • 4 Points-Deer
  • 4 Points-Antelope
  • 4 Points-Bear
  • 4 Points-Cougar

 Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) Cash Rewards:

  • $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, and Moose
  • $500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope
  • $300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf
  • $300 Habitat Destruction
  • $200 – Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags
  • $200 – Unlawful Lending/Borrowing Big Game Tag(s)
  • $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl
  • $100 Game Birds or Furbearers
  • $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

Oregon Wildlife Coalition (OWC) Cash Rewards:


  • $500 Hawk, Falcon, Eagle, Owl, Osprey
  • All other protected avian species: see category below for listed species 


  • $500 Cougar, Bobcat, Beaver (public lands only), Black bears, Bighorn Sheep, Marten, Fisher, Sierra Nevada Red Fox

Species listed as “threatened” or “endangered” under state or federal Endangered Species Act (excludes fish) 

  • $1,000 (e.g. wolf, wolverine, kit fox, red tree vole, Canada lynx, sea otter, Columbian white-tailed deer, California brown pelican, western snowy plover, California least tern, northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet, short-tailed albatross, streaked horned lark, yellow-billed cuckoo, leatherback sea turtle, olive ridley sea turtle, Oregon spotted frog, green sea turtle, loggerhead sea turtle).
Poached Bear
A bear that was found dead in a tree in Talent, Oregon, Oct. 29, 2022. (Credit: Oregon State Police)





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