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Black Bear spotted in southwest Illinois

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WATERLOO (WSIL) -- The Monroe County Sheriff's Department says it is working with Illinois Conservation Police and looking into multiple reports of a bear that's been spotted near a subdivision between Waterloo and Valmeyer.

According to the sheriff's department, the sighting has been confirmed in the Chantilly Village area near Old Baum Church Road.

Illinois has seen its fair share of wandering black bears in recent years, mainly in the northern part of the state as they travel in from Wisconsin.

Neighboring Missouri also has seen their black bear population increase in recent years, even introducing a limited bear hunting season starting this fall.

The area this bear was spotted in Monroe County sits just a few miles from the Mississippi River and the Illinois-Missouri state line.

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