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DNR Claims Black Bear Still Roaming Northeast Iowa


(Des Moines) Iowa DNR Wildlife experts are fairly certain; a black bear spotted last month in northeast Iowa, is still roaming around. Biologist Vince Evelsizer says the area; near the Clayton-Fayette County line is remote and wooded. He says Iowa’s not normally bear-country, but there could be several bears in the state right now, based on field reports and damage reported by bee-keepers.

 

“There was one reported regularly along the Winneshiek – Allamakee County border starting in early spring,” stated Evelsizer. “There is another one roaming along the Fayette-Clayton County border, so those are the two that are getting the most attention from  reports in the field and our staff.”

 

Evelsizer reminds anyone who might spot a bear, to simply give it space. He notes the one bear may have cubs, which means it could be extra protective and defensive if anyone gets too close.

 

Iowa Radio Network

August 6, 2014

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