“Bruno” The Black Bear Now Appears To Be In Missouri
A little over a week ago, Joe Dredge posted a story on our website about a black bear from Wisconsin coming through Illinois on his way to Iowa. Instead of doubling back, the bear appears to be heading south.
Facebook's "experts" figured he would find the romance he was looking for in Iowa, then head back through Illinois to his home turf in Wisconsin.
However, the bear did not cross all the way to Missouri.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) officials confirmed that the bear crossed the Mississippi River onto Island 464 near Clarksville.
IDNR officials could not confirm Wednesday morning if the bear was still on the island.
As Joe pointed out in his post, Bruno will more than likely head back through Illinois at some point after the bloom comes off the rose of romance, and we should keep in mind that he's a protected species. No harrassing, no hunting, no killing.
Black bears do not share the same temperament as the much-feared grizzly, according to bear.org:
Offensive attacks are very rare and include all of the killings by black bears. These are generally unprovoked predatory attacks in remote areas where bears have the least contact with people. Bears that visit campgrounds, bird feeders, and garbage cans almost never kill people, even though these bears have by far the most contact with people. The 750,000 black bears of North America kill less than one person per year on the average.