Published August 11, 2010, 11:37 AM

Black bear sightings up in southern Wisconsin

Outdoor News
- Greg Matthews of the DNR says there have been 140 bear sightings in southern Wisconsin since March.

MADISON - Greg Matthews of the DNR says there have been 140 bear sightings in southern Wisconsin since March.

Matthews admits some of those may be multiple reports of the same bear in the area. Nonetheless, he says residents should be prepared to see even more.

The estimated bear population in the state 20 years ago was about 9,000. Now, it’s between 26 and 40,000. While most bears are still in the north, Matthews says they’re making their way downstate. Some have been spotted in Sauk and Dane Counties this year.

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