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Don't feed the bear in Allamakee County

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ALLAMAKEE COUNTY (KWWL) -- Officials with the Department of Natural Resources are urging folks in Allamakee County not to feed a bear that has been spotted in the area recently.

According to the DNR, a black bear has been spotted in and around the Yellow River Forest.

They say they have received reports that some people may be feeding the bear.

"As well intentioned as people may be in wanting to help this animal, it is not only dangerous for humans, but may be assigning a death warrant for the bear," said DNR Wildlife Bureau Chief Dale Garner in a written statement.

Garner adds that bears fed by humans can become, at the very least, a problem and can even be very dangerous as they become more reliant on the food handouts. He says when that happens, biologists often have no other choice but to euthanize the bear.

The DNR says the Yellow River Forest area is a suitable habitat for the bear and it does not need human intervention to survive.

Garner believes the bear is a young male that moved over here from southern Wisconsin.

If a bear is encountered, the DNR advises people to:

• Remain calm. Do not run. Stand still and talk to the bear in a calm voice
• Do not try to get closer to the bear
•If the bear does not get closer to you, slowly back away, talking to the bear in a quiet, monotone voice. Do not scream, turn your back on the bear, run, kneel down or make direct eye contact
• Watch the bear and wait for it to leave
• If the bear does not leave or approaches you, yell and wave your arms to make yourself look bigger. Throw objects, blow a whistle or an air horn. The idea is to persuade the bear to leave
•If you are with others, stay together and act as a group. Make sure the bear has a clear escape route
• If the bear keeps advancing, and is getting close, stand your ground. Use bear pepper spray or anything else you can find or use to threaten or distract the bear
• Do not run or climb a tree

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