DNR investigating bear sighting in Tri-State area

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(WEHT) – The Warrick County Sheriff says someone reported seeing a black bear in the area of I-69 and I-64 at the Vanderburgh-Warrick County line on Saturday morning. The sheriff said conservation officers were notified.

According to Indiana DNR officials, they are reviewing whatever evidence may exist before making a final call on if this really was a bear. There is no clear timetable on how long it takes to confirm or disprove a bear sighting.

There have been multiple sightings of a bear in recent days across Southern Illinois.

DNR officials say black bear sightings are no cause for alarm as bear populations are expanding in neighboring states. DNR officials ask anyone who sees a bear or signs of a bear to report it to them. You can report a sighting here.

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