Rockford woman spots black bear in backyard - FOX 32 News Chicago

Rockford woman spots black bear in backyard

Posted: Updated:
ROCKFORD, Ill. (FOX 32 News) - There has been a rare black bear sighting in Rockford, Ill. Rockford is located about 90 miles outside Chicago.

Winnebago County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home near Rockford Saturday morning where a resident spotted a bear, about three feet from her, eating berries outside.

Sheryl Hutchinson said she saw the bear wandering around and drinking out of a flower pot.

"I think he was hungry. He kicked off objects on the deck and tried to eat them. He did nothing hostile," she said.

Hutchinson told FOX 32 News she grabbed her camera snapped a photo before the startled bear ran east into a wooded area.

"I felt that he could see me inside, in some of the pictures he was turned towards the camera. We have screen deck doors, so I closed the doors. But I was not afraid of him. He was not aggressive in any way," Hutchinson said.

Initially, a phone alert was issued for area residents. A male black bear can weigh up to 350 pounds.

Early Sunday morning, Roscoe police spotted a bear, too. And the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said they've had sightings in Freeport and Stockton in recent days.

The University of Illinois Extension says black bears were once widely hunted but eliminated in the state by 1870.

Animals not common in Illinois sometimes drift across the border from Wisconsin.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Follow Us!

  • Don't Miss...More>>

  • Wedding gown found 2 years after storm

    Wedding gown found 2 years after storm

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:38:59 GMT
    Two years ago, Nicole Pagliaro of Staten Island dropped off her wedding gown to be cleaned and preserved at a local dry cleaner when superstorm Sandy hit. The store was destroyed and Pagliaro assumed so had been her dress.  As her wedding anniversary approached, Pagliaro and her husband drove by another dry cleaner in town and saw the gown in the store's window. “I held on to the ticket because this was my only connection to my wedding dress,” said Pagliaro.
    Two years ago, Nicole Pagliaro of Staten Island dropped off her wedding gown to be cleaned and preserved at a local dry cleaner when superstorm Sandy hit. The store was destroyed and Pagliaro assumed so had been her dress.  As her wedding anniversary approached, Pagliaro and her husband drove by another dry cleaner in town and saw the gown in the store's window. “I held on to the ticket because this was my only connection to my wedding dress,” said Pagliaro.
  • Ebola epidemic in West Africa poses threat to USA

    Ebola epidemic in West Africa poses threat to USA

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:45:48 GMT

    As the deadly epidemic spiraled out of control several weeks ago, a young specialist in infectious disease control working at the Illinois Department of Public Health volunteered to fly to the front line of the fight.

    As the deadly epidemic spiraled out of control several weeks ago, a young specialist in infectious disease control working at the Illinois Department of Public Health volunteered to fly to the front line of the fight.

  • Man with rare disease mocked online by Shaquille O'Neal

    Man with rare disease mocked online by Shaquille O'Neal

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:44:03 GMT
    A Michigan man who suffers from a rare disease is suing a trio of celebrities, including former NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, for mocking him on social media earlier this year.
    A Michigan man who suffers from a rare disease is suing a trio of celebrities, including former NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, for mocking him on social media earlier this year.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices