Black bear sightings in Michigan City, Ind.

Posted at 11:56 AM, Jul 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-15 11:56:13-04

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Multiple black bear sightings have been reported in Michigan City this week, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR says on July 14 residents reported that a bear was going through their trash and bird feeders.  The sightings were in the Motts Park area.

“Officers yelled at the bear and chased it into a wooded area,” a release from the DNR says.

Officials say people in the area should secure their trash inside.

Photo from Indiana DNR

Photo from Indiana DNR

A Michigan DNR officialtold FOX 17 in May that black bear sightings in the Hartford, Lawrence and Plainwell areas were the southernmost reported black bear sightings in the state in a decade.