MADISON, Ind. (AP)
- Wildlife officials say a black bear believed hibernating in southern
Indiana will likely awaken soon from its winter slumber.
Department of Natural Resources says the bear was spotted last November in
the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge and likely hibernated in that refuge
just north of the Ohio River city of Madison.
The DNR says the
bear could emerge from hibernation as soon as mid-February, depending on
mammologist Taylor Rasmussen is urging residents near the refuge to secure
garbage cans, remove bird feeders and other food sources to keep the bear
leery of humans.
It's only the
second wild black bear confirmed in Indiana since the 1870s. Officials
believe it swam across the Ohio River last summer from Kentucky, which has a
growing bear population.