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Bear at Lone Pine Elementary; children inside school

9:25 a.m.: A Medford elementary school's 533 students remain on cautionary lockdown this morning while police wait for state wildlife biologists to arrive and tranquilize a cinnamon-colored black bear in a tree at the school playground.

The bear wandered onto the playground at Lone Pine Elementary School just as the bell rang to start school at 7:50 a.m. A mother dropping off her child at school saw the animal walking through the track area southeast of the school, said Tim George, Medford police deputy chief.

The startled bear attempted to jump over a fence, failed and turned and ran up a tree near the playground's swing sets. It has remained there since, police said.

Police have surrounded it, occasionally clapping their hands to make sure the bear stays in the small tree.

It was unclear when Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife agents would arrive at the school. Local ODFW workers are on furlough today because they are scheduled to work over the weekend.

- Mark Freeman

8:40 a.m. update: A black bear is in a tree on the Lone Pine Elementary School playground in Medford this morning, and police are watching the animal as they wait for wildlife agents to arrive.

The school's 535 children are locked down inside school buildings, a school spokeswoman said.

The bear was spotted just before 8 a.m. on the playground and climbed into a tree near the school's swing sets. A police officer was on top of a playground structure with a gun, witnesses said.

The playground area is mostly closed off from the rest of school grounds because of fencing erected during recent construction projects.

— Staff reports

8:10 a.m. update: A bear is at the playground of Lone Pine Elementary School in Medford this morning, and wildlife agents are on their way to the school.

The school's 535 students are being held inside school buildings, a school spokesperson said.

We'll post more details as they're available.

- Staff reports