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The black bear which has been reported in the Sheffield and Neponset area was captured on film last Saturday in the photos above, one of several taken by Tim Bennett as he and his cousin, Matt, followed the bear as if traveled across his father Bob Bennett’s farm east of Neponset.

Bureau County bear photographed

January 01, 2009 at 07:58 AM

Gatehouse News Service

Bureau County’s elusive black bear has surfaced once again and this time someone got pictures.

Sightings of a black bear were first reported last June near Sheffield. Then, on Friday, Sept. 5, Ron Miller of rural Neponset saw the bear along Kentville Road on the way home from the Sale Barn.

Last Saturday, as snow cover rapidly melted from rising temperatures and rain fell in the area, the bear was spotted about two miles east of Neponset on the
Robert Bennett farm by his brother, Lee Bennett, who was taking a ride on his four-wheeler in a field near the house.

After spotting the bear, which had gone to cover in underbrush, Bennett’s nephew, Tim Bennett of Kewanee, arrived and began to “shadow” the large animal after it became wary of the human presence and left the ravine. Tim, accompanied by his cousin Matt Bennett, shot photos of the animal as it lumbered across a field and across a creek which was swollen from the heavy rain and melting snow.

“We got within 20 yards of the bear,” Tim said, before it lumbered to an adjacent field.

The sighting on the Bennett farm was about three miles from where it was spotted in September by Miller. In June, the bear was seen in the Mautino State Fish & Wildlife Area, south of Sheffield, on the west edge of Sheffield near the railroad tacks, and near a landscape waste dumpsite on the west side of Sheffield.

Bennett said he has heard of several other sightings in the area including one recently by a trucker near the Macon Township maintenance shed on Route 40 south of Buda.

In September the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office said it would like any sightings of the black bear to be reported. Ultimately, authorities would like to tranquilize the bear and relocate it to a more suitable habitat.

Any sightings should be reported to the sheriff’s office at (815) 875-3344. The sheriff’s office urges that no one try to approach the bear or harm it in any way.

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That is a housecat.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/01 at 05:22 PM

No, get it right.  Its a black lab.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/01 at 06:44 PM

It won’t be a bear until its killed in the goobenor’s Ravenswood area. Until then you back woodz illetrate red nexx don’t now what yer c ing.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/01 at 08:01 PM

Come on guys - its a black cougar.

Looks like bear season came early this year.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/01 at 10:01 PM

He needs to be told that it is time to hibernate.
or maybe it is a black lab with a mink coat.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/01 at 10:11 PM

I’ve seen seven other pictures…. IT’S A BEAR!  He only comes around when the Chicago Bears win.  So… not that often.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/02 at 11:00 PM

You are all wrong that is our new junior Senator, or at least it should be. He has just as much qualifications as our current appointee, and probably would serve the people far better as he sleeps less and would crap less on the people of IL.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/05 at 10:30 AM

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