Illinois hunting and fishing

Black bear back in Wisconsin

July 01, 2009 at 08:21 AM

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A black bear apparently looking for love has made his way back to a natural habitat after several weeks of roaming Iowa and Illinois.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Terry Haindfield says the bear’s 250-mile journey probably started as a search for a mate.

The bear was first spotted on June 6 near Lansing, Iowa, a Mississippi River town near the Wisconsin border, and was last spotted in Iowa on June 14 near Goose Lake, more than 100 miles south.

Haindfield says the bear traveled about 20 miles a day, and frequent reports from residents helped him keep track of the bear’s movements.

The bear is now in the woods near Baraboo, Wisc., about 100 miles east of the Iowa border.