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Black bear spotted taking early-morning stroll through neighborhood


JOHNSON CREEK, Wis. (WISN) — A homeowner’s security camera captured a black bear strolling through a neighborhood.

It happened at about 3 a.m. Tuesday in a neighborhood near the Johnson Creek outlet mall.

The neighborhood where the bear was spotted is about a half mile from I-94.

“When I saw that video this morning, I thought to myself, I had my dog out on the leash chained behind the house last night,” neighbor Mike Stangel said.

Neighbors said they’ve had large garbage cans knocked over several times.

They wondered if the bear is to blame.

“I am concerned about my dogs. But I’ve always been concerned about my dogs living in this area. I have a fenced in backyard. And we do have lots of wild critters come trampling through the backyard,” neighbor Carolyn Wagner said.

The Department of Natural Resources said young bears come out of dens farther north in the spring and wander a long way looking for a new home.

“More than likely, (it’s) a young male bear that’s doing nothing more really than looking for something to eat,” DNR Large Carnivore Specialist Scott Walter said.

The DNR urged residents not to leave food outside and don’t let dogs wander away to where they might encounter a bear.

The DNR said there are about 24,000 black bears in Wisconsin.

The population is growing and moving closer to neighborhoods.

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