Black bear spotted on a garden patio in Oconomowoc

A rare sighting of a black bear in a neighborhood of Oconomowoc has residents on their toes. “That just doesn’t happen here?” WISN 12 News reporter Kent Wainscott asked some locals. “No, not in Oconomowoc,” Mark Chartre said. “Lots of deer but never bears,” said Hannah Burke. ‘t want to be identified, but they posted the photos to warn neighbors and also alerted the DNR. “Is it rare?” Wainscott asked Brad Koele, a wildlife damage specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “Especially for this southeast region, it’s quite rare,” Koele said. 350 pounds and he’s 6 feet tall, it might hurt something. So it’s very important that we know where he is and get him out of here as soon as possible,” said Jim Sadorf, who lives in the neighborhood. “How dangerous is that? Wainscott asked Koele. “At this stage, it does not present a danger,” he said. “The bear has shown no aggression, to our knowledge has not been seen during daylight hours, so is behaving normally at this stage.” Koele said it is likely the same bear that has been reported in recent weeks near Dousman and Wales. And he said he’s probably moving, but where, no one knows. “There’s no telling where this bear is going to go and ultimately where it’s going to end up,” Koele said. trash cans, put away the bird feeders and just be alert because, well, there’s a wild bear on the loose. “It’s pretty cool that they’re here. But they shouldn’t be here,” Sadorf said. if anyone sees a bear to keep their distance. Do not confront him and inform him. To report bear sightings in Wisconsin, click here.

A rare sighting of a black bear in a neighborhood of Oconomowoc has residents on their toes.

“It doesn’t happen here?” WISN 12 News reporter Kent Wainscott asked some locals.

“No, not in Oconomowoc,” Mark Chartre said.

“Lots of deer but never bears,” said Hannah Burke.

The big bear was spotted on a nearby garden patio on Thursday

The owners did not want to be identified, but they posted the photos to warn neighbors and also alerted the DNR.

“How rare is that? Wainscott asked Brad Koele, a wildlife damage specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

“Especially for this southeast region, it’s quite rare,” Koele said.

Just knowing that the bear is somewhere nearby has residents concerned for their children and pets.

“If he weighs 350 pounds and is 6 feet tall, it could hurt something. So it’s very important that we know where he is and get him out of here as soon as possible,” said Jim Sadorf, who lives in the neighborhood. .

“How dangerous is that? Wainscott asked Koele.

“At this stage, it does not present any danger,” he said. “The bear has not shown any aggression, to our knowledge it has not been seen during the day so it is behaving normally at this stage.”

Koele said it is likely the same bear that has been reported in recent weeks near Dousman and Wales. And he said it was probably moving, but to where, no one knows.

“There’s no telling where this bear is going to go and possibly where it’s going to end up,” Koele said.

Meanwhile, he warns people there to close the trash cans, put away the bird feeders, and just be on the alert because, well, there’s a wild bear on the loose.

“It’s pretty cool that they’re here. But they shouldn’t be here,” Sadorf said.

The DNR said if anyone saw a bear they should keep their distance. Don’t confront him and let him know.

To report bear sightings in Wisconsin, click here.

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