Similar bear spotted in Grundy, Butler and Tama counties

Published: Apr. 18, 2017 at 9:00 PM CDT
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People have reported seeing a bear in Grundy, Butler and Tama counties in recent days. Experts says it's likely the same male bear, searching for two things: females and food.

Everett Manship enjoys searching for wildlife in rural Grundy County.

On Monday afternoon, he found something unexpected and snapped a few pictures.

"He was a pretty good sized, he wasn't a cub, I would say at least 250 pounds," Manship said.

The Iowa DNR says it's most likely a young black bear. The DNR says the bear's family probably kicked him out.

"That female isn't going to want that older bear when she has new cubs and it sort of gets kicked out it's just trying to establish itself," DNR Biologist Tim Thompson said.

The DNR says black bears aren't known for being overly aggressive or destructive. In most cases the bear will make its way back home in just a few days.

"It seems like usually they disappear because they don't find what they want because they realize, 'Oh there's no bears down here," Thompson said.

Just in case, experts say it's a good idea to be on the safe side and not get too close.

"Always give yourself some distance don't try to take a selfie, give yourself a few hundred yards," Thompson said.

Like Manship, who says he didn't get closer than a half mile to this bear.

Even still, he says seeing one was something he didn't expect.

"It was pretty cool," Manship said.