Wandering bear strolls across Washington County yard

Exclusive video obtained by WISN 12 News shows what is likely the same bear spotted in Oconomowoc Thursday night — in rural Hartford the following morning.That means the bear traveled roughly 13 miles in a span of just 12 hours.”I open it up in the morning. I’m sitting down to have a cup of coffee and I see a bear on it,” said Keith Everson who spotted a bear in his front year.While out of town with his wife, Keith Everson checked his home security video Friday morning and couldn’t believe what he saw: a bear in Packers country.Around 5:30 am, the big animal walked right up to Everson’s rural Hartford home.It politely avoided any landscaping, sticking strictly to the paved path.”And then he kind of walked right down our pathway and right to my other barn that I have, and then you can see it on the camera on the other barn,” Everson said. The night before Everson spotted the bear, another homeowner spotted it in Oconomowoc — 13 miles south of Hartford.”It seems like the same bear that’s hanging out in that general area,” Wisconsin Department of Natural Wildlife Damage Specialist Brad Koele said. The DNR said bears tend to cover large distances. It’s where this one is roaming that’s unusual.”In particular for that southeast area, it’s pretty rare,” Koele said.More used to a bear as a lawn decoration, seeing the real deal has those living out near Erin Hills Golf Course talking. “Have you ever seen anything like this outside your home?” WISN 12 News’ Hannah Hilyard asked Everson.No, I’ve lived there 27 years, and I’ve talked to my neighbors. I’ve talked to farmers. They’ve never seen a bear,” Everson said.The DNR said this bear does not appear to be aggressive, but just to be safe, recommends closing trash cans, putting away bird feeders and being on alert.

Exclusive video obtained by WISN 12 News shows what is likely the same bear spotted in Oconomowoc Thursday night — in rural Hartford the following morning.

That means the bear traveled roughly 13 miles in a span of just 12 hours.

“I open it up in the morning. I’m sitting down to have a cup of coffee and I see a bear on it,” said Keith Everson who spotted a bear in his front year.

While out of town with his wife, Keith Everson checked his home security video Friday morning and couldn’t believe what he saw: a bear in Packers country.

Around 5:30 am, the big animal walked right up to Everson’s rural Hartford home.

It politely avoided any landscaping, sticking strictly to the paved path.

“And then he kind of walked right down our pathway and right to my other barn that I have, and then you can see it on the camera on the other barn,” Everson said.

The night before Everson spotted the bear, another homeowner spotted it in Oconomowoc — 13 miles south of Hartford.

“It seems like the same bear that’s hanging out in that general area,” Wisconsin Department of Natural Wildlife Damage Specialist Brad Koele said.

The DNR said bears tend to cover large distances. It’s where this one is roaming that’s unusual.

“In particular for that southeast area, it’s pretty rare,” Koele said.

More used to a bear as a lawn decoration, seeing the real deal has those living out near Erin Hills Golf Course talking.

“Have you ever seen anything like this outside your home?” WISN 12 News’ Hannah Hilyard asked Everson.

“No, I’ve lived there 27 years, and I’ve talked to my neighbors. I’ve talked to farmers. They’ve never seen a bear,” Everson said.

The DNR said this bear does not appear to be aggressive, but just to be safe, recommends closing trash cans, putting away bird feeders and being on alert.

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