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Game and Fish Department seeks reports on North Dakota black bear sightings

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Photo/ Steve Hillebrand, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

If you see a black bear in North Dakota, the state Game and Fish Department wants to know about it.

“Black bears are quite conspicuous and rarely mistaken for other species,” said Stephanie Tucker, furbearer biologist for Game and Fish in Bismarck. “Reports from the public are our primary means to keep track of black bears, so the information is valuable.”

Game and Fish confirms 12 to 15 black bears in the state each year, Tucker said, with most documented in the north or east portions of the state. However, she said, they have the potential to turn up anywhere.

Anyone who observes a black bear is asked to report it online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.

“It’s important to keep your distance, but if you have an opportunity to take a photo, we ask that you upload it with your online observation report,” Tucker said.

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