Clayton County, Iowa – Iowa’s corn is typically much taller than knee-high by the 4th of July but right now, the corn’s about shoulder-high for a young adult bear. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a picture on its Facebook page of a large, lumbering black bear among the green leaves of a northeast Iowa corn field. D-N-R spokesman Alan Foster says this is only the second bear report in Iowa this year.
It’s unclear if this bear was munching on the developing ears of corn or just passing through. While it’s a little early for corn detasseling yet, if you should stumble across a bear in your field, don’t panic.
This is breeding season for black bears and there are often four or five sightings in Iowa every year.
See a map detailing bear sightings on the Iowa DNR website.