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Bear sightings abound in southwest Wis.

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SPRING GREEN, Wis. (AP) -- State wildlife officials say people are seeing bears all over southwestern Wisconsin.

Since the end of March, sightings have included a sow with two cubs in Sauk County; a single bear in the Town of Clyde in Iowa County; a young boar hit and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 39 north of Portage in Columbia County; several reports of bear in Crawford County and several reports of bears at bird feeders in western Columbia County.

Department of Natural Resources officials say sightings usually increase in May and June when young male bears forced out of breeding habitat in northern Wisconsin move south looking for new habitat.

They most of the bears leave the area after the breeding season, presumably to return north, although many female bears with young remain in the south throughout the summer.

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