La Crosse resident Bob Roth sent us pictures and video of a Black Bear that came up to his house on County Hwy F up Bliss Road past the Alpine Inn Tuesday morning.
The Wisconsin DNR said an expanding bear population has led to more of the animals coming into our area and finding food at backyard bird feeders.
Wisconsin DNR Wildlife Biologist Ron Lichtie said the DNR has been keeping an eye on the bear in the video. Lichte said that bear is actually shy. However, he's not afraid to come out in the daytime when he's hungry.
"It has been bouncing around to different subdivisions and stuff, so if you're in a subdivision around the top of the ridge, I would suggest you take down your bird feeders, make sure your pet food or any other food sources such as garbage or anything like that is put away," Lichtie said.
The bear visited Roth’s birdfeeders, which the Wisconsin DNR said should be taken down for at least 30 days for safety reasons. The DNR said bird feeders should be hung at least 10 feet off the ground and 5 feet away from tree trunks or a branch that cannot support a bear.
If you see a bear around the area, you're encouraged to call the local DNR at (608) 785-9000. If the bear is causing problems like getting into homes, they will try to trap the bear and relocate it.
Visit the Wisconsin DNR's website for more information on how to avoid problems with black bears.