MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say a black bear has been spotted just southeast of Montezuma in central Iowa.

The Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office tells the Press-Citizen that deputies and an Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer confirmed the bear's presence on Tuesday.

DNR Conservation Officer John Steinbach says the bear ran in front of a sheriff's cruiser and into a cornfield as he and the deputies were out looking in the area.

Officials say the bear has shown no signs of aggression and is not considered a threat, although those who spot the animal should keep their distance.

Steinbach believes the bear is young and simply looking for a place to live.


Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen,