MADISON, Ind. (AP)
- Indiana conservation experts say they believe a black bear spotted last
year in southern parts of the state has settled down to hibernate for the
Division of Fish and Wildlife said Friday morning that experts think the
bear found a place to hibernate in the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge
north of Madison. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said in July
that they believe the bear swam across the Ohio River from Kentucky into
Indiana. The bear is one of two black bears confirmed in Indiana in the past
year. Indiana officials say the bear was last seen Nov. 20 in the refuge.
They say bears hibernate about five months but could emerge during winter
thaws to search for food. They ask the public to report bear sightings.