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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

State Wildlife Agencies routinely tell residents who report seeing animals considered extirpated in the state that "they must have seen something else".......Two weeks ago a call came into the Indiana Dept of Natural Resources claiming that a Black Bear was seen in Northwest Indiana............Six years ago Conservation Officers confirmed a Bruin had been seen in the State but that officially, no Black Bears reside in Indiana..........Neighboring Ohio has a small recovering Bear population as does neighboring Kentucky,Illinois and Michigan..........If Indiana has some mixed woods habitat, expect the Black Bears to find their way back

Indiana DNR won't believe black bear sighting
Haskin, who lives near Winter Haven, Fla., said he was driving north on I-65, south of the Roselawn exit, when he first saw the bear at the 220-mile marker on that sunny Friday afternoon."It was 1:05 p.m. and it came from the west and was headed east. It didn't seem like it was scared or was running from something," he said. "It was just galloping across the northbound lane. It looked over its right shoulder and kept the same cadence and speed."Haskin estimated the bear's weight at between 200 and 250 pounds. He said he is certain other travelers saw what he saw because some vehicles slowed and pulled slightly off the road.

Haskin wished the DNR had taken him seriously, he said, because once the bear crossed the interstate, it went into a plowed field and would have left tell-tale paw prints."It really doesn't matter to me," he said. "I'm concerned that kids may be out playing in the woods, or someone could be hunting (and be confronted)," he said.

If this story sounds familiar, you might recall a Feb. 19 column about a man who wanted to know if there were black bears in Indiana. A Jackson County resident insisted he saw a black bear on his property.

DNR spokesman Phil Bloom said conservation officers had indeed confirmed a black bear report six years ago.Bloom said a man had a video of a black bear in his backyard near Muscatatuck National Refuge in Jackson County. He said that how the bear got to Jackson County and where it went after the sighting is unknown.

The DNR has confirmed that mountain lions and wild (feral) boars are in Indiana.
Oh," Haskin said when told about the Indiana boars, "you don't want those!" He explained that they are damaging property all over Florida. "Once you get them, you can't get rid of them."

As for the black bear sighting, I believe Haskin.Why not? The Ohio Department of Natural Resources estimates there are about 100 adult black bears (some sows with cubs) in that state.
Wild black bears also are in Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky


scottschipp said...

My wife and I saw a black bear on our property in Spencer County Indiana on 4/10/15.

Rick Meril said...

Scott.............they are back in are next.............glad that a "prospector" bear was seen by you

Ohio gal said...

My husband, son & I saw a cyote cross the road right in front of us in Ft. Wayne IN almost a year ago. We didn't think much of it b/c I know they're in Ohio. We were a little surprised b/c it wasn't out in the country.

Rick Meril said...

Coyotes will often cross into suburban and urban terrain but their goal is to quickly find the patches of woodland and meadow where they will not be an easy target for humans