Last week, the outdoor report from the Wisconsin DNR included a note about the rising number of reports of black bears in southern Wisconsin.
Yesterday, John Canning of Lombard forwarded some photos his wife's uncle took near Madison, Wis. last week of a bear. In a place where one had not been seen before (in memory).
Here are the key sentences from the Wisconsin DNR report last week:
There have been about a dozen reports of black bear sightings in southern Wisconsin in the last week, an indication that the black bear population in the state continues to expand forcing bears to move south in search of suitable habitat. Area residents should not be overly concerned as bears generally try to avoid contact with people; however pet food, garbage cans and bird feeders should be secured or removed if bears are present.
I did a quick scan of news stories and even more reports have shown up since then. I may have to update this report
BTW, the Illinois state line is not far south of the latest reports.
And I thank Canning for some cool photos.