Black bear spotted again in southern Indiana

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife says the black bear in southern Indiana was spotted again on September 7 in between Holton and New Marion, Ind., in Jefferson County near Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.

Residents around this area should remain alert and follow the steps below to aid in this wild bear remaining wild.

Black bears are rarely aggressive, but residents in the area asked to do the following to remain safe:

-Remove trash cans from the outside
-Temporarily remove bird feeders
-Do not feed the bear
-Clean and store your grill inside
-Do not follow/harass the bear

Click here for more information on black bears.

If a resident spots the bear the following steps should be followed:

-Enjoy it from a distance
-Shout and wave your arms and back away slowly
-Do not run or climb a tree
-Never attempt to feed or attract bears

Report bear sightings to the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife at (812) 334-1137 or


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