HOLMEN, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Some residents of the coulee region are having up-close and personal encounters with area wildlife.
The Holmen Police Department’s received numerous reports of bear sightings in the village and surrounding communities.
The Wisconsin DNR says black bears tend to stay in the northern part of the state, but the population has moved south over the last decade.
It’s also not uncommon to see younger bears roaming around during this time of year.
Randy Johnson, Wisconsin DNR Large Carnivore Specialist said, “Bear breeding season is actually picking up here in june and July and often what you see are younger bears that have just been kicked off from mom and they’re kind of on their own for the first time.”
Johnson says the best thing to do when spotting a bear is to leave it alone and wait for it to move on.
Anyone who sees a bear can also contact USDA wildlife services for more assistance.