Black bear makes rare appearance

Published 06/09 2014 04:03PM

Updated 06/19 2014 11:16AM

Latest: 10:33 pm, 6/18/14, Wednesday
ILLINOIS -- A black bear roaming northern Illinois has been spotted again. This time he was in a tree in someone's front yard in Mount Morris. It's about 15 miles north of Dixon. People are stopping to gawk at the animal creating traffic issues. State officials say they don't have plans to capture the animal unless it poses a threat.
Update: 10:33 pm, 6/9/14, Monday
ROCKFORD -- The search for a large, black bear in Northern Illinois continues. The bear was seen and photographed just east of Rockford. The latest sighting took place Monday morning. Authorities don't think the bear is looking for food, but rather, a mate. As of Monday night, the bear is still on the run.
Original: 5:30 pm, 6/9/14, Monday
ROCKFORD -- An unwanted visitor prompted several 911 calls in Winnebago County. A black bear has been spotted in and around town.

One woman actually got pictures of it. She caught the bear drinking from her hummingbird feeder and wandering around her deck. He also drank water from a potted plant. The guest left a paw print on the garage about six feet off the ground.

Wildlife officials say bears aren't common in Illinois, but sometimes drift across the border from Wisconsin. The sheriff's department is working with experts on a plan to tranquilize the bear if it's seen again.

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