Black bear startles Iowa farmer in his fields


If you live in Maine or Virginia or Montana, seeing a black bear on your farm won’t be cause for alarm — the animals are quite common in those states.

But in Iowa? Sure, the state has a few of the animals (mostly likely coming down from Minnesota and Wisconsin), but they’re not very common.

So it was a bit of surprise when 30-year-old Eric Reicks got a call from his dad to say that there was something ahead of his combine. That “something” turned out to be a bear in the corn field.

Reicks, who was farming near Schley, Iowa, posted about the incident on Snapchat and later on Facebook, where it’s gotten more than 5,000 shares. Some quick thinking prompted Reicks to capture the photos, and he told the Des Moines Register that he was surprised that it wasn’t just a deer and quickly got back into his vehicle.

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