COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Reported sightings of the endangered black bear rose in Ohio last year.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources received 224 sighting reports involving an estimated 93 black bears last year.
That's up from 152 sighting reports the year before.
Sightings were confirmed in 21 counties, mostly in northeast Ohio.
Brown County in southwest Ohio had its first reported sighting in 2012.
Black bears are on Ohio's endangered species list and protected under state law.
They are not known to attack or kill children or pets as long as they are given space and not cornered.