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Black Bear hit by truck, killed in Allamakee Co.

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Courtesy: Brian Gibbs Courtesy: Brian Gibbs
The DNR says a young black bear is killed after being hit by a truck in Allamakee County.
The bear is believed to be the same bear seen in photos from a corn field near the Yellow River Forest.
Conservation Officers say the animal is frozen and will be analyzed, and then it will be put on display at a new Allamakee County nature center coming to Lansing.
"We're going to try to some scientific information from him, as he goes to a taxidermist. And we'd like to work with the Allamakee County Conservation Board to be able to try to utilize that bear for demonstration and display over at the new nature center over in Lansing," said Terry Haindfield, a wildlife biologist with the DNR.
Bears are believed to wander into Iowa from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri.
Haindfield says they've started to see more wander to Iowa than in previous years, which could result in more deaths like this one.
"I think it's going to be more of a possibility, because we used to say, we expect 2-3 bears in Northeast Iowa, Allamakee, Clayton, Winneshiek County from year to year. But now it's getting to be like 4-5, so we're seeing a few more bears traveling through this area, and so obviously with more bears traveling, crossing the roads, that is a possibility," he said.
And as they become more frequent, Haindfield says it's important to always keep your distance.
"Obviously people are interested in wildlife in Iowa, and want to see a bear or take a picture of a bear. Just make sure you give the bear enough space, allow him to proceed wherever he wants to go, without interfering with that, if at all possible," he said.
KWWL's Brad Hanson contributed to this report.
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