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Bear spotted again at Rend Lake

Published: Jun. 17, 2021 at 12:35 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 3:33 PM CDT
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - Officials say a bear was spotted for the second day at Rend Lake.

According to the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency, the bear was on the south/west side of the spillway on Friday.

They said people visiting the lake should stay aware of their surroundings.

The bear was first confirmed to be in the southwest area of Rend Lake on Thursday, June 17.

Officials from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Rend Lake Army Corps of Engineers, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Franklin County Emergency Management Agency are monitoring the bear as it moves through the area.

Map of the where the bear was spotted in the southwest area of Rend Lake.
Map of the where the bear was spotted in the southwest area of Rend Lake.(KFVS)

They ask that you keep your distance if you see it. Pay attention to your surroundings and make a special effort to be noticeable.

“Our hope and what we want to happen, is for the bear to move through without issue and move to wherever it’s going,” said Franklin County Chief Deputy Kyle Bacon. “We don’t want conflict with the bear, we definitely don’t want to harm the bear. From what I have been able to find out that the bear has some fear of us.”

Click here for tips on staying safe around bears.

Officials say the bear was first spotted in the southwest area, not too far from the dam.

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