Bear sightings spreading in eastern Iowa

The Grundy Co. Sheriff's Office reports motorists sighting this bear cub along U.S. 20 near Wellsburg on Sunday, April 16, 2017. (Courtesy: Paul Blanchard)
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TAMA COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A black bear is wandering into more areas of eastern Iowa, around Butler, Grundy and Tama Counties.

The Iowa DNR posted on facebook it has confirmed at least two sightings of the young male bear in the last three days and suspects it is the same bear.

The DNR says the 2-3 year-old bear appears to be alone and likely wandered into Iowa from Minnesota or Wisconsin, since Iowa has no breeding bear population.

The DNR says males are more likely than female bears to wander long distances like this one apparently has.

The DNR warns if you see the bear to give it plenty of space to avoid any confrontation.