Bear sighting in area causes concern

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SUAMICO, Wis. (WFRV) — A resident in the Suamico area spotted a bear in her backyard on Saturday.

The photo below was sent by Local 5 viewer, Marilyn Plitz, who saw the small black bear raiding her bird feeder.

Bear spotted raiding bird feeder.
Courtesy: Marilyn Plitz

She spotted the bear around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and then saw the animal return later around 6:00 p.m.

Bear spotted raiding bird feeder.
Courtesy: Marilyn Plitz

Plitz said she alerted the DNR about the bear. The DNR then advised her to remove the feeders in her yard.

Plitz told Local 5 she is still shocked after seeing the animal.

“We were surprised because we have been here for 35 years and we’ve never seen a bear before here,” Plitz said. “We’ve had deer in the yard, we’ve had raccoons, we’ve had turkeys, but we have never had a bear.”

Plitz noted that there are several schools around where she lives and also advises residents to watch their children if they are playing in that area.

(Click through the gallery below to see photos of a bear sent in by a viewer in the Howard area.)

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