Black bear spotted in Iowa again

PHOTO: Black Bear, Photo Date: May 16, 2015
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MONTEZUMA, Iowa (KCCI) -- The Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office is reporting another black bear sighting in Iowa.

According to deputies, the bear was spotted at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday southeast of Montezuma, and the sighting was confirmed by a State Game Warden officer.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, “This bear has shown no signs of aggressive behavior and is not a threat to the public at this time. If you see the bear, keep your distance and leave it alone. If you see the bear near property or town, please advise the Sheriff’s Office of its location.”

Anyone with questions is asked to call the non-emergency line for the Sheriff’s Office at 641-623-5679, or the State Game Warden at 641-660-0741.

There is no word if this is the same black bear spotted earlier this summer.

The Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office reported a black bear sighting in July in a soybean field near the intersection of Hwy 163 and 235th Street, in rural Mahaska County.

The sheriff’s office said the reporting party provided photographs of the animal. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was contacted regarding the bear report.

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