MADISON - Wildlife officials says bear sightings are way up in Wisconsin.
Typically, black bear sightings increase during the spring and early summer, but DNR conversation warden Paul Nadolski said they're receiving more calls than normal about bears in south and southwestern Wisconsin.
The bears haven't been aggressive so far this year, wildlife officials said, but have been coming into urban areas to get at food left outside, greasy patio grills or bird feeders.
Bears have also been spotted in Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo and Mauston over the past week.
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are studying why the bear population continues to grow farther south each year.