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Black bear reportedly spotted in southeast Iowa bean field

Published: Friday, July 14, 2017 11:03 a.m. CDT

OSKALOOSA (AP) — State officials are testing fur found at the site of a black bear sighting in southeastern Iowa.

The Oskaloosa Herald reports that the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a black bear strolling through a soybean field on Wednesday.

Officials were not able to find a bear, but officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources collected fur samples believed to belong to a black bear for testing.

Officials say there have been multiple bear sightings reported in the area in recent weeks.

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