The black bear exploring Illinois has made it to Hancock County. State wildlife experts have been tracking it from Wisconsin. Conservation Police Capt. Laura Petreikis says as more people are becoming aware of the bear, they have to be warned to leave it alone.
Petreikis says some photos show people within ten yards of the animal. Conservation Police recommend staying 100 yards or more away. Black bears tend to leave people alone, but if the animal feels harassed, it could attack someone. Another danger is the bear could become comfortable around people and decide to keep living among them. The bear traveled through Mercer County last weekend.