Good intentions with a tragic result for a bear–Episode 27

Oregon first-responder Gene Davies took an unusual call on April 7: A young bear was playing on a rural road in Greensville, where Davies is fire chief. After Davies arrived, the friendly animal insisted on staying with him, so to make sure the bear would be safe, he took it home while arrangements were made with a rescue agency. Enter the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and yet more proof that when it comes to animal rescue, it is often true that no good deed goes unpunished.
Davies tells host Joseph Grove and Scott Beckstead, Oregon director of campaigns for Animal Wellness Action, the story of how the best of intentions resulted in criminal charges for him and the barrel of a gun for the bear.
Music from "Fearless First" by Kevin MacLeod (; License: CC BY (
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