IRON RIVER—Conservation officers with the DNR have removed six bears from the Franklin Street area in Iron River during the past week. Officers removed the first bear from a live trap on Sept.13 and another bear on Sept. 16.
On Sept. 20, conservation officers responded to a complaint of a sow with three cubs in a tree on Franklin and 10th Avenue.
The sow and her three cubs had been responsible for the majority of bear complaints in the area. After consulting with DNR wildlife officials, it was decided to remove the bears from the area.
Conservation officers with the assistance of wildlife technician, Brad Johnson from Baraga tranquilized the four bears and placed them into a trap.
The bears were brought back to the Baraga DNR office, where they were monitored and released the next day.
Conservation officers remind residents that more bears may be in the area and to continue to be diligent in keeping trash, bird feeders and other attractants inside.
Any bear sightings in the city should be reported immediately by calling 911 or the Report All Poaching (RAP) hotline at 1-800-292-7800.