UPDATED: Report of machete assault actually disagreement over pets
Updated 11:10 a.m. The morning report of a man wielding a machete and fire poker threatening to kill another man stemmed from two men having a disagreement over pets, police said.
No one was hurt, and no charges or citations were filed, police said. The men have since resolved their dispute, police said.
The disagreement happened at a teepee community off Emigrant Creek Road. One transient living at the commune blamed another transient for taking his three pet ferrets into the woods and dumping them three weeks ago. The ferret owner, who believed his pets had died on their own in the wild, entered a community teepee, kicked over a coffee pot and started yelling at the other man.
(Clarification: See below.)
That man retaliated by picking up what the Jackson County Sheriff's Office called the "community machete" and stating he had it for self defense if it came down to a fight.
The sheriff's office and Oregon State Police originally responded a report that a man wielding a fire poker and a machete allegedly threatened to kill a man staying in one of the Emigrant Lake teepees this morning.
10 a.m. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police are investigating a report that a man wielding a fire poker and a machete allegedly threatened to kill a man staying in one of the Emigrant Lake teepees this morning
The unidentified assailant left without harming anyone. Investigator are at the lake looking for the suspect.
— Staff reports
Clarification: This story has been updated with more details about the location of the commune and what happened to the ferrets.