Black bear spotted in Mazomanie backyards


MAZOMANIE (WKOW) --Another bear has been spotted in southern Wisconsin. This time in Mazomanie.

Tasha Olson saw the black bear in her backyard around 8 p.m. Thursday.

Olson said the bear traveled through several yards near downtown Mazomanie before finding a tree to climb into.

"He was hanging on, feet dangling, hanging on a branch," Olson says.

Dane County officials said a deputy and DNR warden responded and attempted to scare the bear off.

Olson says the bear climbed down and slipped out of the neighborhood.

There were previous sightings of black bears in Waunakee Tuesday and in Lake Mendota in Middleton Wednesday. The bear in Middleton also ran through the backyards of lakefront homes.

Wildlife experts say it's unclear whether it was one bear in all the Dane County locations or several bears. They caution people to keep a safe distance from any bear.

Deb Scoville also saw a black bear in her yard in New Lisbon, in Juneau County Thursday.

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