A La Crosse homeowner called police on Monday to report a black bear sighting.
It happened in the Sablewood addition on County Road B on the north side of La Crosse. The bear ultimately walked through the neighborhood and went back into the woods.
"Ultimately, if you do see a bear, it never hurts to report it," said Sgt. Tom Walsh with the La Crosse Police Department. "Certainly we don't want people approaching the bear. Please do not follow the bear, but if you do have one that wonders through, let local law enforcement know so we can be aware of it. At the end of the day, most of these bears will just wonder off on their own and go back into their native habitat. So again, just don't approach them. If you do happen to encounter a bear, really just slowly back away and just try and get yourself into a safe place."
Walsh says bears normally come into populated areas looking for food sources. So, it is important to limit exposed garbage, low hanging bird feeders, and pet food outdoors.