Confirmed Bear in ILL

Today’s highlighted article was pointed out to me by my brother, Mitch, in Illinois. Thanks Bro!

“DNR: Leave the bear alone”: is the title of this story and it starts like this:

_The Jo Daviess Sheriff’s Office reported on Thursday, June 18 that a bear was spotted in Jo Daviess County. At 1:31 p.m., officials from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources have encouraged those who encounter the bear to leave it alone, and let it return to its natural habitat, presumably somewhere in Wisconsin._

There are a couple interesting things about this story. First of all, now that a law enforcement officer has actually photographed BooBoo, DNR is no longer in a position to deny that the sighting occurred.

Face it, folks, there have been reports like this in the past but they have always been waved off as if they were fairy tales.

Second, the bear is *IN* its natural habitat. Because they haven’t been acknowledged to exist in Illinois for quite a long time doesn’t mean that they have never been there, nor that they will never set up regular housekeeping again.

Third, get used to it!

Cougars, bears and wolves are no longer confined to the Rocky Mountain west. The longer it takes for the public to recognize this fact, and for wildlife managers to actually start managing these critters as they should be, the more common this kind of sighting will become.

“_I never dreamed in 1,000 years I’d see one here,” said Oellerich._

Sorry, sir, but if you never dreamed it possible then you haven’t been paying attention…

Author: Daniel D. Lamoreux

As an outdoor writer and freelance photographer, Dan's publishing credits include articles and/or photographs in more than 40 state, regional and national publications and he has authored three books. His expertise on the subject matter has been developed from over 40 years experience pursuing the outdoor sports.

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