CARMI – White County Sheriff Randy Graves said there was an unconfirmed report of the bear traveling through southern Illinois in the Centerville area north of Carmi Tuesday.
Sheriff Graves warned the bear is a protected species in the Illinois Wildlife Code and can’t be hunted, killed or harassed unless there is a threat to a person.
The sheriff asks not to feed the bear, leave your pets outside or go near the bear. If you encounter the bear and it imposes a threat, call 911.
The bear was recently spotted on video in a tree at Rend Lake and traveled east into Hamilton County.