Bear still in northern South Dakota, but moving out of the area

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UPDATED 1:10 p.m. 
MILBANK, S.D. (KELO) — A bear that showed up in northern South Dakota this week is slowly making its way out of the area. 

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department District Supervisor Jamie Pekelder told KELOLAND News officials are monitoring the bear and have received calls about its location throughout the week. It was first seen in rural Wilmot in Roberts County of Tuesday and photographed in a tree near Twin Brooks by April Mathison on Thursday. 

“It’s moving in the right direction,” said Pekelder, who noted the bear was north of Milbank as of noon on Friday.  

Pekelder was with Mathison when the bear was in a tree near her home. 

“We watched it in the tree for a while,” Pekelder said. “We gave it plenty of room. Backed away from the area and it came out of the tree by itself and moved along.” 

Pekelder said the bear has plenty of people talking about it around the area but it is not the first time he’s had to deal with a bear showing up. 

“We had one in the area about 10 years ago,” Pekelder said. “It was exciting then, too. It’s a unique opportunity to see one.”

For anyone that may come across the bear, Pekelder said to give the animal plenty of room. He added people who live in the area and have bird food or pet food outside should bring it inside. 

“It’s still a wild animal,” Pekelder said. “It realizes it’s not in bear country here.” 

The bear could have come from northern Minnesota or from Canada.

6:04 a.m. 

TWIN BROOKS, S.D. (KELO) — On Tuesday night, a bear was spotted in northeast South Dakota but there’s now another sighting.

KELOLAND viewer April Mathison, who lives near Twin Brooks, sent the newsroom photos of a bear. April says she woke up Thursday morning to find her dogs focused on the bear sitting up in a tree.

The game wardens were called and the bear eventually came down. It disappeared into the tree belt behind the house. 

Right now, we can’t confirm if its the same bear spotted by Wilmot Tuesday, but Twin Brooks is just 20 miles south of there. 

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