Indiana DNR: Black bear spotted in Vanderburgh Co.

Indiana DNR: Black bear spotted in Vanderburgh Co.
Published: Jun. 27, 2021 at 4:31 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 27, 2021 at 6:34 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - DNR officials confirmed a black bear sighting that occurred in northeast Vanderburgh County before sunrise Sunday morning.

Officials say the closest town to the location where the bear was spotted is Elberfeld in Warrick County.

DNR biologists stress that black bears are rarely aggressive toward humans. They do urge people to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Do not feed it.
  • Observe it from a distance.
  • Do not climb a tree.
  • Advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms and backing slowly away.

Click here to report bear sightings to the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Officials also recommend the following guidelines for reducing or eliminating the potential for bear-human conflicts:

  • Remove bird feeders and bird food if a bear is reported in your area.
  • Clean and store away grills after use.
  • Eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed.
  • Pick ripe fruits and vegetable as soon as possible or place an electric fence around them to ensure bears cannot reach them.
  • Consolidate beehives you may have and place an electric fence around them.
  • Don’t leave pet food outside overnight.
  • Don’t add meat or sweets to a compost pile.
  • Don’t climb a tree if you encounter a bear; wait in a vehicle or building for the bear to leave the area.

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