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

Rockford woman spots black bear in backyard

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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.

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