Locals bear with local bears

Locals share their bear encounters.

Sparta /
| 12 Aug 2022 | 02:09

In a survey of 550 readers, 91% responded that they’ve spotted at least one bear around town this year.

Bears where?

Readers were given the option to report multiple places where they spotted black bears around town...

• 74% saw bears outside their home or in their yards

• 37% saw bears in a neighbor’s yard

• 16% saw bears out in the woods

• 9% have not seen any bears this year

• 6% saw bears in a commercial setting/shopping area

On the hunt...

Locals are split on whether or not there should be a bear hunting season:

• 56% are in favor of the hunt

• 44% are against it.