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  • AvatarTrapCyclone
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    We’ve been getting some visitors fairly frequently as of late. The bear was spotted in Poweshiek county, Southeast of Montezuma.

    http://whotv.com/2017/09/13/officials-confirm-black-bear-sighting-in-poweshiek-county/ and

    http://www.kcci.com/article/black-bear-spotted-in-iowa-again/12234541

    I know someone already mentioned this in another post, but here’s a blurb about the mountain lion caught on a trail cam near Linn Grove.

    http://www.kcci.com/article/iowan-captures-mountain-lion-on-trail-camera/12228526

    AvatarPaulB
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    Great. Now I will not need to go to the mountains to check that off the bucket list.

    Now all we need are Elk and Moose.

    Avatarspeng5
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    Quote by: PaulB

    Great. Now I will not need to go to the mountains to check that off the bucket list.

    Now all we need are Elk and Moose.

    Cedar Rapids had a moose a few years ago.

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    There was a moose running around Northwest Iowa this spring!

    AvatarTrapCyclone
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    I believe moose and elk are protected species in Iowa whereas bears and mountain lions are not.

    http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/Iowas-Wildlife/Occasional-Wildlife-Visitors

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    Quote by: TrapCyclone

    I believe moose and elk are protected species in Iowa whereas bears and mountain lions are not.

    http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/Iowas-Wildlife/Occasional-Wildlife-Visitors

    Same.with wolves, which have been seen in NE and NW Iowa. I recall a wolf being shot in northwest Iowa accidentally by coyote hunters at long range. Upon realizing it was a wolf they contacted the DNR and were totally cooperative though, so I don’t believe any charges were filed. Not sure what became of the one shot around Jesup (I believe that was kinda the location of the NE Iowa one).

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    Oh boy. Looks like the hunting spectrum will be getting bigger in Iowa. Till some polls child hits a moose with a car. Tends to shear off everything above the belt line.

    But looks like we will be hunting more stuff soon. Got to like that.

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    The first time I heard what I am going to say I said “Well, that’s dumb.” However thinking about it more, I am pondering if there could be any merit to it.

    Do you suppose uptick in wildfires is any contributing factor? There are a ton out there right now, just wouldn’t know if that would push sitting populations to create further-out wanderers.

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    Well, it looks like the bear met an untimely demise as roadkill on I-80. I wonder what they ended up doing with the bear carcass?!

    http://whotv.com/2017/12/01/bear-dead-after-being-hit-by-minivan-on-i-80-near-victor/

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    Quote by: TrapCyclone

    Well, it looks like the bear met an untimely demise as roadkill on I-80. I wonder what they ended up doing with the bear carcass?!

    http://whotv.com/2017/12/01/bear-dead-after-being-hit-by-minivan-on-i-80-near-victor/

    X2

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    I saw a moose just east of Pilot Knob State Park in Winnebago County about 5 years ago.

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    Quote by: TrapCyclone

    Well, it looks like the bear met an untimely demise as roadkill on I-80. I wonder what they ended up doing with the bear carcass?!

    I heard they are going to beary it. 😆

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    Quote by: TrapCyclone

    I believe moose and elk are protected species in Iowa whereas bears and mountain lions are not.

    http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/Iowas-Wildlife/Occasional-Wildlife-Visitors

    If you shoot a moose or elk just tell them you thought it was an antelope. They aren’t protected in Iowa. :mrgreen:

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