Bears coming a little too close for comfort

By: WEAU 13 NEWS Email
By: WEAU 13 NEWS Email

Earlier this summer the DNR reported a dramatic increase in bear sightings but now an area woman says the bears are coming a little too close for comfort.

Bonnie Johnson says she has seen bears pass through her Chippewa Falls back yard many times over the past few years but just a few days ago a bear clawed through a screen window and got inside her back porch.

The incident has left her shaken, and saying something needs to be done.

“I'd like to see them do something about it, maybe try to live trap it and move it… I just don't like the idea of so many of them around here,” says Johnson.

Bonnie says she called the local sheriff's department and was told she needed to contact the DNR. She told us she's anxiously waiting until Tuesday when the local DNR office takes public calls.


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  • by Jake Location: EC on Jul 21, 2010 at 08:32 AM
    whew! When I saw the headline, I thought Chicago's football team was going to move their spring training to Eau Claire! That is unacceptable!
  • by anonymous Location: eau claire on Jul 20, 2010 at 06:23 PM
    Rural Taylor County - WELL SAID!!!
  • by Rural Taylor County on Jul 20, 2010 at 12:31 PM
    We've had a sow with twins pass thru our back yard all summer with no problem. She's not the first. She wont be the last. It just takes a little common sense to co-exist. If the deer hunters and bear hunters would show the same common sense and respect they would be welcome here too. They dont. They arent. Of course, they also think they know more then the WDNR, the land owner and God Himself. Wonder why they act like 2 year olds who didnt get the toy they want...hmmmm?
  • by No Sympathy Location: Eau Claire County on Jul 20, 2010 at 06:38 AM
    Hey, if you live out farther from the City, expect it to happen. DUH. That is one of the reasons people move out of the City. To experience the quite beauty of the "country". Well guess what. All the animals that live there have to go somewhere. So, here are your choices. Move; after all you may have moved into their area, not the other way around. Or maybe you should pay to have the aminmals relocated. I live in the country and have bear in my back yard. We also get relocated bears because you don't want them. Banging metal can lids and my dogs barking usually keep them far away. I also have horses, cows, pigs, chickens and other animals that live in area. Don't put out things that are going to attact the animals you don't want. Bird seed and garbage is a great draw for a lot of animals. Listen, don't complain about the animals. If you keep it up, the only place you will be able to see one is the zoo. Wait, people complain about them also. Oh well, right?
  • by Tom Location: Osseo on Jul 19, 2010 at 09:42 PM
    Ive seen bear and wolfs between foster and osseo the last few years.Not just a few quit a few at times.There moving more south every year.We are taking there land for homes and they just keep moving.But most will just run away from you if you make a sound or yell.There harm less for the most part.
  • by Jim Location: Neillsville on Jul 19, 2010 at 05:17 PM
    If you afraid of bears then move to the city and deal with the criminals that inhabit them.
  • by hunter Location: chippewa county on Jul 19, 2010 at 03:38 PM
    the biggest problem is hunters aren't allowed to hunt on private land, because older landowners think us bear bait hunter lure them to there area. They don't realise the bears are already there. DNR could help by moving season 2 weeks earlier, before acorns drop. Once acorns start dropping, bears stop hitting baits.
  • by Dan Location: Chetek on Jul 19, 2010 at 03:02 PM
    My advice is that if a bear is causing this much of a problem you should shoot it rather than expecting the authorities to resolve the issue. Don't wait for someone else to defend you, your loved ones, or your property. And after resolving the situation, you might want to ask our government for your tax money back since they don't seem to be able to make good use of it.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    Well i like some of your comments. youre seeing more bear in towns because the citys keep expanding further and further out and inhibit their habbitat!!! Im a bear hunter and i hate to tell you but the bear is more afriad of you then we are. Ive been face to face with them in the woods and all they do is run away.
  • by Deb Location: Whitehall on Jul 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM
    I'm all for Bear being in Wisconsin, but if the Police and DNR aren't going to make themselves available to assist in situations like this, things are going to go badly for both human and bear. In my honest opinion, the Police should have realized there was a danger and contacted the DNR on behalf of the homeowner. This sounds like passing the buck at the expense of wildlife and property owners.
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