Black bear traveling through Illinois creating a sensation; Experts say to leave him alone for the sake of man and bear

Ji Suk Yi

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES – Senior black bear Sammi explores his new habitat on Monday, January 8, 2018 at Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas. Sammi (19) and Tibor (26) arrived at Black Beauty after spending their lives traveling from city to city in a traveling bear show, with days spent in cages. The bears will now spend the rest of their days in a spacious, naturally wooded habitat that was built specifically for them at Black Beauty, one of the nation’s largest animal sanctuaries and an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. (Brandon Wade/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States)

Stefanie Fitzsimons, district wildlife biologist with Illinois Department of Natural Resources joined Ji to discuss the spotted black bear seen crossing into western Illinois from Wisconsin on June 10. IDNR has asked people to leave the bear alone as it has been closely monitoring its movements. Black bears are the continent’s smallest of the species, mostly skittish and are omnivores. They generally avoid people.

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Born in South Korea, Ji Suk Yi immigrated to the U.S. when she was almost five years old. She had an eclectic childhood— a fusion of Southern and Korean American culture. She’s called Chicago home since 2006. (Click for more.)
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