(Winneshiek County, IA) -- A black bear's been spotted in northeast Iowa's Winneshiek County. The Sheriff's Office posted this video on social media of a bear roaming around a neighborhood near the town of Hesper, which is near the Iowa-Minnesota border. Wildlife officials are reminding homeowners in the area to to keep garages and sheds closed up and garbage should be brought inside.
A bear has also been seen roaming around northeast Dubuque recently. The City and the Iowa DNR are encouraging residents to be "bear aware" and have published the following tips:
If a bear repeatedly enters your yard, determine what attractants are drawing it there and remove them.
Store garbage in a sturdy building and put it out on the day of pick-up, not the night before.
Do not leave pet food out. Removing bird feeders is best, but if feeders must be out, they should be at least 10 feet high and 5 feet from the trunk of a tree.
Keep barbeques clean and grease free, or place in a shed or the garage. Do not put meat, fish and other pungent scraps in compost piles. Add powder-form agricultural lime to reduce odors and accelerate decomposition.
Bears are omnivores and their diet changes with the seasons. In the spring, bears emerge from their winter dens hungry and willing to take advantage of whatever food is available. In Dubuque, the bear has focused on seed, pet food, and garbage.
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