Wild bear continues to roam, possibly searching for new home

Wild bear continues to roam, possibly searching for new home

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(Photo from Brayton Finch's mother) (Photo from Brayton Finch's mother)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The elusive bear that's been roaming around Northern Illinois the past two weeks caused quite a stir in Ogle County Wednesday.

This time, though, he commanded an audience in Mt. Morris when he climbed a tree and hung out for a while.

“I just wanted to find it and look at it, I was so stoked,” said Brayton Finch, who saw the bear.

"I finally got ahold of my parents and they said there was a bear running through my yard and I said ok, then I went back to working, and then I found out there was about 100 people here looking at it, and it was tree'd up so I decided I'd come home and take a look myself,” said Erik Page.

“I wasn’t worried about the bear, just more about the humans running around," he added

Finch’s mother snapped a number of photos of the bear on its perch where it was seen munching leaves.

“He was probably 25 yards off the road up in the tree, I couldn't find him at first and then I looked up, there it is just looking at us,” said Finch. “Just sitting there confused on why all these people were looking at him.”

Earlier in the morning, the bear was captured on a church security camera running across a number of yards.

“Barb our secretary who normally sits here has been diligently and faithfully showing the video over and over again, so yea it's something to talk about, it's kind of fun, it's different,” said Pastor Josh Ehrler of Trinity Lutheran Church.

For this community, it's been an exciting day.

“It is also impressive that it stayed in this community, it seems like it's actually been floating through towns, but it liked us,” added Ehrler.

“He's gone that way, I don't think he's coming back,” said Finch.

The Illinois Department of Natural resources believes it is the same male bear that's been spotted about ten times recently. The IDNR also believes the bear may have come from Wisconsin or Minnesota and is just searching for a suitable habitat to make his home.

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