Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Iowa Black Bear Sighting 2010

Post Update : This little Black Bear has been given some aide by the Iowa DNR to get him closer to Wisconsin. The DNR tranquilized him after his visit to Postville and moved him to a remote part of  Allamakee County in an attempt to encourage his departure. They aren't sure if he is the same one sighted earlier in the video below...




Iowa has been host to yet another Black Bear.

How long until we will list them as a native animal? Only time will establish that fact.

Des Moines Register Columnist, Kyle Munson, blogged  about the recent sightings in our northern tier counties.

The  young male has found himself the main character in a  short video,when he decided to raid a backyard bird feeder.  ;)






14 comments:

Rick Kratzke said...

Cool video, my guess is he was hungry and bird seed smelled good. How close did i come to guessing. LOL

We are starting to get a lot here in Connecticut.

Whitetail Woods

CDGardens said...

Rick Kratzke - You are spot on for the reason why that young bear was mauling the bird feeder. In his travels through the State he has been mainly after the protein packed taste treats easily found in people's backyards. ;)

wanderingowloutside said...

Hi CD! I've heard recently that there was a bear sighting near Postville. Haven't seen a confirmation, though.

CDGardens said...

wanderingowloutside - I just looked it up and they are all a buzz. http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/97743454.html

A couple got this picture in their backyard. Goodness! I wonder if we are starting our resident population? Thanks for pointing it out. ;)

Mel said...

Good video! Sure a cute little guy at this size. Whatever happened to him? Did he eventually just wander away? Hope you enjoy the bear activity you are beginning to see.

CDGardens said...

Mel - I am glad you enjoyed the antics of this little guy. I have not heard how his journey is going. Recently, I received word of another bear sighting, but I am not sure it is the same animal.

SimplyOutdoors said...

I love having the bears around. And we're starting to get a much bigger population of them in the lower portion of our state as well. So much so, that the DNRE had to distribute pamphlets instructing people to leave the bears alone; that they are wild, and did not escape from a zoo.

I do think they're pretty cool, though I've yet to even come across one.

CDGardens said...

Simply Outdoors - I am a ways away from the bear sightings so far. I have mixed feelings about having them around, because my timber would make a lovely habitat. It would probably be that I would need to carry a side-arm and be more aware of my surroundings...not that I don't pay attention now.

We had a verified cougar in the neighborhood several years back.

Have sighted sick and disturbed raccoons close to the house not long ago...

Just another awesome wild animal to consider I guess. ;)

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CDGardens said...

ArcheryMan- Thank you for stopping into Timber Life and for the compliment.

I have started following you as well. Welcome to the Blog World. ;)

Kim Gibson said...

I just found your blog this morning. Beautiful scenery where you live! That bear is too cute! Sorry about the bird feeder, though. I haven't seen any bears since I've lived in North Idaho. Three or four moose (mooses? meese? Not sure what the plural is for moose)have crossed my path though.

CDGardens said...

Kim Gibson - Thank you for stopping in to Timber Life.

I am sure the people who owned the bird feeder were stunned by having a bear in the backyard. Certainly not a common sight for the most part in Iowa.

Moose is the singular and plural form of the word I believe. I would be impressed by seeing one moose cross my path, but three or four would be awe inspiring. ;)

Anonymous said...

My daughter spotted a young black bear along side a road when we were helping her move to Des Moines to start student teaching, somewhere between Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. This was about 10:00 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2011. She did a double take, but confirmed that it was indeed a young black bear.

CDGardens said...

Anonymous - Thank you for the information. I appreciate the time and date. My! You would think at this time of year it would be hibernating.