DNR Confirms Black Bear Sighting in Southern IN

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The Indiana Department of Natural resources is confirming the presence of a black bear in and around Corydon.

Corydon is in Harrison County just east of Crawford County.

The bear was first reported around 9 p.m. on Sunday when Indiana Conservation Officers received a call from a homeowner of a bear going through the caller’s garbage.

Authorities were not able to locate the bear in reference to that call.

However, Monday morning, the bear was observed by several people, including conservation officers in areas near State Road 62. Later, the bear was seen in Corydon.

The bear sighting comes roughly one year after a black bear wandered into northwest Indiana from Michigan.

That sighting was the first confirmed presense of a bear in Indiana in more than 140 years.

Indiana DNR says young black bears are known to disperse in the springtime to seek new territory.

The bear most likely swam across the Ohio River from Kentucky. Kentucky has an expanding bear population.

Linnea Petercheff, a specialist with DNR, says DNR has been anticipating the possibility of this happening in Indiana.

DNR says black bears are shy by nature and tend to avoid human contact.

DNR wildlife biologists offer the following tips about bear awareness:

  • Don’t intentionally feed bears. If a bear becomes accustomed to finding food near your home, it may become a “problem” bear.
  • Eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed.
  • Clean and store grills away after use.
  • Don’t leave pet food outside overnight.
  • Remove bird feeders and bird food from late March through November.
  • Don’t add meat or sweets to a compost pile.
  • If encountering a bear, don’t run. Shout, wave your arms and back away slowly.
  • Collect and remove low-hanging or fallen fruit from fruit trees.
  • Eliminate meat, cooking oil, fish or fruit odors from near your home. This includes fish-meal fertilizers.
  • Collect and remove any ripened vegetables from your garden.
  • Indiana DNR encourages citizens to report bear sightings to dfwinput@dnr.IN.gov mailto:dfwinput@dnr.IN.gov or by calling (812) 334-1137 during regular business hours. Photos or videos can be sent to the same email address. The maximum file size is 15 MB.

This story was originally posted July 18, 2016.

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