Plans In Place To Trap Black Bear in Northern Indiana

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (WOWO): His time in Indiana may soon be over. 

Indiana wildlife biologists plan to trap and relocate the black bear that has been seen numerous times in Michigan City the past few weeks. 

Conservation Officers responded to multiple bear sightings this week in the Motts Park area of the city. Several residents reported seeing a bear rifling through trash and bird feeders near their homes. The bear also was reported walking on porches and standing against patio doors. 

DNR biologists are working with the Michigan DNR to relocate the bear to rural Michigan, which unlike Indiana, has a sizable, established bear population. 

The bear, a young male, appears to have first entered Indiana in St. Joseph County the week of June 12. 

Indiana DNR encourages citizens to report sightings of the bear to dfwinput@dnr.IN.gov or by calling (812) 334-1137.