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Bear sighting reported in Clayton County

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Bear tracks (Courtesy Iowa DNR) Bear tracks (Courtesy Iowa DNR)
Evidence that the bear had been in bee hives. (Courtesy Iowa DNR) Evidence that the bear had been in bee hives. (Courtesy Iowa DNR)
CLAYTON COUNTY (KWWL) -

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says at least one black bear is roaming Clayton County.

A DNR wildlife depredation biologist responded to a report from a beekeeper south of Wadena, who found his beehives destroyed.

The DNR found bear scat within 25 feet of the hives.

Another nearby landowner reported tracks, which were also confirmed by wildlife officials. That same landowner reported that he had seen a bear, as well as two cubs.

If there are cubs, they would be the first cubs documented in Iowa in more than 140 years.

The DNR is continuing to investigate and more work is being done to confirm the size or number of bears.

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