Bear believed to be “Iowa Corn Bear” killed by truck

A black bear was spotted on Friday, June 17, 2016, in a cornfield near Harpers Ferry, Iowa. (courtesy Brian Gibbs)

Published: June 27, 2016, 11:19 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) – A young black bear was struck and killed by a truck Friday evening on Highway 76 near the Yellow River Forest in southeast Allamakee County.

The bear is believed to be the same one that had been pictured on social media last week in a corn field near the Yellow River Forest. It was a young bear weighing about 200 pounds. The last bear reported to be killed in a traffic collision in Iowa was just over a year ago on U.S. Highway 20 near Jesup.

DNR Conservation Officer Burt Walters said the bear has been frozen and will be analyzed. It is likely the bear will be put on display at a new Allamakee County nature center being constructed in Lansing.

Bears are believed to wander into Iowa from neighboring states such as Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri where there are breeding populations of black bears.

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