The recent sightings of a young black bear in northern Illinois could be a signal more of the animals will make their way here. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
Illinois’ wandering bear has been spotted again after not being sighted since the weekend and now he’s moved on up a tree 110 miles west of Chicago.
Chris Young, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said it appears the bear is making a loop — down from Wisconsin; through Winnebago, Boone, DeKalb, and Ogle counties; then apparently back northwest.
The bear was last seen in the Rochelle area about mid-afternoon, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s office said.
The far west suburban town of Genoa was abuzz Wednesday morning, with reports of a black bear sighting.
It’s not something we’re used to seeing in the Midwest but today a black bear was spotted in Rockford.
It’s something you might expect to see in Montana – or even in northern Wisconsin, but a black bear in Illinois? A locomotive engineer says he’s sure he saw one last Tuesday.