HARPERS FERRY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa wildlife biologists are warning residents to avoid a black bear that has been sighted at Yellow River Forest in far northeastern Iowa.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Monday that it has received reports that some people may have been feeding the bear. The department wildlife bureau chief Dale Garner says this isn't only dangerous for humans but also for the bear.
Garner says the bear can become dangerous if it relies on food handouts and that could force biologists to euthanize it. Garner says the Yellow River Forest in Allamakee County is a suitable habitat for the bear. He says the young male bear likely came into the area from southern Wisconsin, where there is a wild bear population.