Bear sighting reported in Bureau County

Tiskliwa, Ill. — According to an Associated Press report, Bureau
County Deputy Sheriff Sherry Barto believes she saw two black bears
Saturday morning in a field near Tiskilwa, about 50 miles north of
Peoria.

People who live in the area reported seeing a mother and cub,
and Barto said she saw what looked like a pair of bears about 10:30
a.m.

The animals were moving into some heavy brush, and she didn’t
have a chance to get a photo, she said.

Illinois Conservation Police Sgt. Robert Frazier has heard all
kinds of reports about sightings in areas where wild animals
shouldn’t be.

“People see mountain lions. They see bears,” Frazier told the
(Peoria) Journal Star. “And I’ve always halfway dismissed them. But
then we find a mountain lion in Chicago. We find a bear in Bureau
County. You can’t dismiss them.”

The mountain lion he referred to was found in Chicago in 2008,
and the bear was found last year. It was hibernating in a drainage
ditch near Neponset, less than 20 miles from Tiskilwa.

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