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County sheriff: No bear sightings Thursday

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014 9:21 a.m. CDT
Photo Provided by DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Duehning The black bear, seen in this photo taken on patrol by DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Duehning, was seen near Derby Line Rd. south of Genoa the morning of Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

There were no additional sightings the day after an American black bear was spotted several times in DeKalb County, but deputies remain on alert, DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said Thursday. 

The black bear was first seen near Genoa about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of routes 72 and 23. A sheriff's deputy later spotted it near Derby Line Road in a heavily wooded area close to the Ellwood Greens housing development. 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources continues to monitor the bear, which they believe is the same animal recently spotted across northern Illinois. 

"We haven't had a [new] sighting yet," said Hank Frazier, Region 1 commander for the IDNR. "I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. It could just wander back to Wisconsin. We just wait for the reports to come in from here on out."

The last reported sighting of the bear, which likely weighs 250 to 300 pounds and would stand 6 feet tall if it were on its hind legs, came at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near Lukens and Plank roads in Sycamore. 

As bear species go, the black bear is pretty timid, experts said, adding that most bears found in the area come from the north.

Residents are advised to take precautions, such as closely supervising pets and small animals when they're outside, taking down bird feeders, and not leaving any kind of food outside.

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