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Bear Sightings

Bear sightings


That bear that was reported traveling across Southern Illinois last week through White County has apparently crossed the Wabash River and continues its trek north and east.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources confirmed a black bear sighting in Vanderburgh County just before sunrise Sunday Morning.

The bear was sighted near Elberfeld closest to the Warrick County area.

Biologists confirmed the bear from photos taken by the landowner.

“This is Indiana’s fourth confirmed black bear,” said Brad Westrich, DNR mammalogist. “With expanding bear populations in neighboring states, this is expected.”

Reports indicated the bear had crossed the Mississippi  River from Missouri and had been sighted at Rend Lake and then north of Carmi, about a mile south of Zion Church. Subsequent reports late last week noted the bear had been sighted near Crossville.

That was prior to the Sunday report from Indiana.

Officials say bears are rarely aggressive towards humans.

If you see a black bear:
– Do not feed it.

– Observe it from a distance.

– Do not climb a tree.

– Advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms and backing slowly away.

– Report bear sightings to the Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife at

  1. Gail Elliott
    Gail Elliott
    June 29, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    They are beautiful to behold i love that wildlife cougars wolves bobcats and bears are here

  2. Wolf1018
    July 1, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    And Gail, don’t forget all those rattlesnakes the IDNR released to control the turkey population. Of course they will tell you that is ABSOLUTELY FALSE. You people are fools. If you want to live with the Cougars and Bears and such, move to Montana and camp. It’s funny how it’s all so “cute” until the first child is hurt. These bears have lost their natural fear of humans and that is dangerous.

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