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Bear sightings in the Black Hills on the increase

Black Bear spotted on a porch in Rapid City (Annie Daniel photo submitted to KOTA-TV)
Black Bear spotted on a porch in Rapid City (Annie Daniel photo submitted to KOTA-TV)(Annie Daniel | KOTA)
Updated: May. 20, 2021 at 2:55 PM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. - Wildlife officials are urging caution as the number of black bear sightings have increased in the Black Hills.

Bears have been recently been sighted in Lead, Spearfish, Johnson Siding and last weekend in Rapid City.

Mike Klosowski, regional supervisor for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, says officials are confident it’s multiple bears that have been sighted, not the same one. Officials say the number of confirmed sightings has been increasing 10 to 15 times in recent years.

Although observing a black bear in populated areas might be exciting, Klosowski warns the public to stay away from the predator and watch from a safe distance. 

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