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While still rare, bear sightings becoming a more regular occurrence in parts of Iowa

Since 2002, the Iowa DNR said there have been 49 confirmed black bears in Iowa, and two to five per year since 2014. (Stock photo)
There’s a pretty good chance that, in the next several weeks, northeast Iowa will be visited by a few wandering black bears coming down from Minnesota and Wisconsin ahead of the breeding season. According to the Iowa DNR, it’s been an annual occurrence in this region each spring since 2014. Much of Iowa does not have the habitat necessary to support a black bear population, but certain locations do, primarily northeast, eastern and southern parts of the state.
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