Black bear spotted in Sparta

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) – A black bear was spotted in Sparta Sunday evening at around 5:30.

Black bears are generally rare in La Crosse, Vernon and Crawford counties, but are considered “common” in Monroe County, as well as Jackson, Trempealeau and Buffalo counties, according to the Wisconsin DNR. Black bears are “abundant” in northern Wisconsin.

Thanks to Linda Helgerson for the photos!