Mike Gappa was the perfect guy to talk to about Illinois bears.
Last summer, the first report came of a black bear in Bureau County. Cheryl Balensiefen took neat photos, including the one above on Dec. 30. Since then, there's been the one that ran around Jo Daviess County last month before heading back north.
So last week, I reached Gappa, now retired but Wisconsin's top researcher on bears, for a discussion on black bears and Illinois. The column in the Sun-Times is posted here.