The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police confirmed the sighting of a black bear near Galena, Ill., in rural Jo Daviess County Saturday morning, May 24. The property owner photographed the bear at a backyard bird feeder. The bear was no longer present when Conservation Police arrived, but digital photographs confirmed the sighting.
The IDNR encourages all citizens to take steps to avoid wildlife conflicts by leaving wildlife alone. Wild birds and animals can become habituated to people when they are provided food. Do not leave pet food outside at night, clean up under bird feeders, and secure garbage can lids to keep raccoons and other wildlife out. Nuisance animals can become dangerous to people.
For more about avoiding wildlife conflicts, visit the Living with Wildlife in Illinois website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/.
The website was developed by the IDNR in cooperation with University of Illinois Extension to provide information about how to coexist safely with Illinois wildlife.
A page on black bears in the wildlife directory can be found at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/directory_show.cfm?species=blackbear.
From the May 28-June 3, 2014, issue