Report of black bear sighting in southeast Iowa


A report of a black bear has southeast Iowa authorities on the lookout.

On Wednesday, the Mahaska County Sheriff's Office received a report of a black bear in a soybean field near the intersection of Highway 163 and 235th Street just northwest of Oskaloosa.

The reporting party provided the sheriff's office with cell phone photos of the animal.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was contacted and although the animal was not located, hair was found that is thought to be from the bear. The hair will be sent for testing at the DNR lab.

The DNR has confirmed that there have been several reports of bear sightings in the state over the past few weeks.

Officials say they do not feel that this bear is a danger to the public, and it will eventually leave the area.

The sheriff's office would like to remind you that if you see a bear, do not approach or attempt to feed the animal. Keep children and pets inside if a bear is seen, and report the sighting to your local law enforcement agency.

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