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Bear sightings on the rise

Black bears are passing through on the hunt for a home, says game warden

Bear sightings near populated parts of the county have been more common than usual so far this year, according to Game Warden Nate Holst.

A few sightings have taken place near Sundance, as well as one in Moorcroft that Holst says was hanging around for a while near the D Road.

The latest sighting near Sundance took place on Monday evening, says Holst. In this case, the spotter thought it was a grizzly due to its coloring, but it was identified as a blond phase black bear.

Grizzlies are not known to be present in this area, he says – all recorded sightings have been black bears.

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