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Wed June 15, 2011
Bear sighting confirmed in Washtenaw County
Police and Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials are confirming the sighting of a black bear near Dexter this week.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department says there were two reports of a bear at Hudson Mills Metropark last weekend. Then on Tuesday, a nearby homeowner spotted the bear, and took photos.
Mary Dettloff is with the DNR. She says conservation officers confirmed evidence of a bear on the property.
“This appears to be a younger bear that was probably chased off by an older bear from northern Michigan," Dettloff says. "They will travel a great distance to find food and territory.”
Dettloff says the bear was attracted to the homeowner’s beehives.
She says the DNR would like to attach a radio collar to the bear so they can track it, but there are no plans to move the bear from the area unless it goes to a more populated area.
The DNR warns nearby residents and campers not to leave garbage or pet food outdoors -- including seed and hummingbird feeders.