Bear spotted south of Cedar Springs

Alan Brunges spotted this bear off US-131 near M-57 in Algoma Township on June 9, 2015.

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A bear was spotted off US-131 in northern Kent County on Tuesday.

Alan Brunges saw the bear in a wooded area near the exit to M-57 south of Cedar Springs just after 4 p.m. He snapped a photo with his cellphone.

There have been several bear sightings in West and Southwest Michigan this spring — along the lakeshore in Ottawa County, near South Haven, near Hartford, and as far south as Berrien County near the Michigan-Indiana border.

A black bear was killed Monday night when it was struck by a pickup truck south of White Cloud in Newaygo County, orphaning three yearlings.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says anyone who spots a bear should make noise to let the bear know they are there, stand still and try to look big. If you want to keep bears out of your yard, remove any food source — like bird feeders.

If you see a bear and can take photos or video from a safe distance, you can send the images to ReportIt@woodtv.com.

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