The black bear is in town!

After being spotted in Mt. Horeb

A black bear was spotted Friday 04-28-23 on the east side of Mt. Horeb, just north of the cemetery on WI Hwy 78. It was thought to be heading to Stewart County Park to the West. Maybe did. But at 3 p.m. today a large black bear was spotted on Madison’s SW side in a tree on Manor Green Drive, just a few houses north of Kroncke Drive. Just north of the Fitchburg city line. It may have been a juvenile but it was no cub!

Your correspondent jumped into the Werkes surveillance vehicle and, sure enough, there was the big fellow in a tree. Human owner of the premises said his neighbor had bees and chickens. Honey and drumsticks! Neighbor took the chickens inside. Three police cars responded to the scene, none with a tranquilizer dart. Others said a bear had been spotted at Home Depot on Verona Road earlier. That’s east of Meadowood, where the bear was found in the tree.

When we left, bear was still treed. No dogs barked. No sirens wailed. Poor guy may have been frightened just the same.

This is where bears are found. May have to revise the map. When we celebrated turkeys and foxes, we were being modest.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Be extra careful driving tonight. Watch your pic-a-nic baskets for bear. Bring your chickens inside. Celebrate wildlife!

Are we healthier than the dooms sayers say?


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8 Responses to The black bear is in town!

  1. Pingback: The black bear is in town! – Wisconsin Family News

  2. One Eye says:

    I wonder who is liable if this bear attacks someone. Also wonder if the DNR expert realizes just how densely populated this neighborhood is.

    Are the police going to follow it around?


  3. richard lesiak says:

    GO BEARS!!! GBtook Clifford. BAAAHAAAAHAAAAA. Even he’s a Bear fan. Cool photos though.


    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      The comically inept Bi-Polar bares MOVED UP to select 13 Time World Champion Green Bay Packers fan B!tch Trubisky with the 2nd overall pick in 2017.


      How’d that go…?


      Why do the midgets of the midway ALWAYS have such high draft picks?

      Because they suck chicago river water!


      The Gotch


  4. Richard Link says:

    Call Aaron Rogers. He owns the Bears..

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  5. nemoofthenorth says:

    In northern Wisconsin, close encounters of the bruin kind are not uncommon. Almost exactly 3 years ago we had a 1 or 2 year old wander up the bar’s driveway. Even the juveniles sport some impressive claw-age.


    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      The Gotch sees ’em time-n-again while running/driving along Hwy 122 in sparsely populated Iron County; they’re pretty timid and skeedaddle as he…um…announces his presence upon approach.

      Apparently they’re doing quite well population-wise, which is why they’re branching out.

      Wisconsin DNR assistant large carnivore biologist Sara Fischer: “Our Bear Population has been steadily increasing and expanding southward

      The Gotch


  6. Ed Murphy says:

    While visiting a waterfall near Table Rock State Park in South Carolina last fall, my wife and I encountered a party of bear hunters. They treed a black bear and shot/killed it. Several of the hunters were young teenagers. Very well behaved and respectful I might add. We took a few pictures and learned that they were planning to skin the bear and make stew from it. Here in the 60 square mikes surrounded by reality, we allow bears to terrorize the neighborhoods who have chicken coops. Thinking of moving to South Carolina.


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