An increase in the bear population has prompted Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources to offer more bear hunting permits this year. Bear season goes until October 11th.
Not only are there more bears, but the bears are moving around the state and moving into areas that previously was not considered bear habitat. Typically the bears were found in the northern part of the state, now they are being found in the south as well. The population has grown to a point where the bears are moving into new areas and spreading out.
"There could be only so many bear in one area, they're not going to live in family groups forever, it's only while they're young," explains Warden Supervisor Randy Falstad. "And then the mama bear's going to kick the younger bears out. There's no territory for them to go, so they need to find a place to spread out into so they're going to areas where there aren't bear where they feel they can live in."
The DNR reminds people to not leave garbage out or bird feeders, which will attract bears. From WSAW.com .