By Tim Kowols
A bear sighting in Baileys Harbor last weekend does not have to be a cause for concern according to local Department of Natural Resources warden Mike Neal. The Door County Land Trust posted a warning at their Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve after a black bear was spotted there on August 24. Neal says this is not the first time a bear has been reported to his office this year. While you should still be cautious, Neal believes you do not have to worry too much.
According to the DNR’s Web site, the state’s black bear population hovers at around 29,000, up from 9,000 in 1989. The DNR considers Door and Brown Counties’ population to be “rare” while Kewaunee County’s level is listed as “transient.”