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The black bear named Bruno travels 400 miles in search of a friend and becomes an unlikely social media star

We are rooting for you Bruno! Black bear who has traveled 400 miles across four states in search of a mate becomes an unlikely social media star

  • Bruno the black bear started his summer odyssey in Wisconsin in June
  • In the past month, he has walked more than 400 miles through Illinois, Iowa and Missouri
  • Conservationists believe Bruno started the journey in search of a partner
  • Fans created a Facebook group called ‘Keeping Bruno Safe’ that now has over 46,000 members following his travels

A black bear named Bruno has become an unlikely social media star as he travels across the country in search of love.

Bruno is said to have started his summer odyssey in Wisconsin in June and has walked more than 400 miles through Illinois, Iowa and Missouri since looking for a partner.

Fans founded a Facebook group called “Keeping Bruno Safe” on June 19 with over 46,000 members following his travels.

Bruno was last seen on a Sunday morning in St Charles County, Missouri, after crossing the Mississippi River from southern Illinois last week.

Bruno the Black Bear has become an unlikely social media star traveling more than 400 miles across four states in search of a mate

During Father’s Day weekend last month, more than 300 people gathered in Henderson County, Illinois to view, track, and, in some cases, harass the bear, raising concerns among conservationists.

“Certainly, the more pressure the bear puts on it, the more likely we will see a negative result,” said Captain Laura Petreikis of the Illinois Conservation Police in a statement.

As always, we want to guarantee the safety of humans and animals. If we continue to see situations as we saw last weekend, the Conservation Police will issue tickets and make arrests to ensure the safety of both the public and the bear. ‘

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has partnered with local authorities to help Bruno cross the busy roads without endangering himself or drivers, the agency said.

Over Father's Day weekend last month, more than 300 people in Henderson County, Illinois gathered to watch Bruno - raising concerns from conservationists

Over Father's Day weekend last month, more than 300 people in Henderson County, Illinois gathered to watch Bruno - raising concerns from conservationists

Over Father’s Day weekend last month, more than 300 people in Henderson County, Illinois gathered to watch Bruno – raising concerns from conservationists

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has partnered with local authorities to help Bruno cross busy roads without endangering himself or drivers, the agency said.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has partnered with local authorities to help Bruno cross busy roads without endangering himself or drivers, the agency said.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has partnered with local authorities to help Bruno cross busy roads without endangering himself or drivers, the agency said.

Stefanie Fitzsimons, an INDR wildlife biologist in the district, said that Bruno probably started the journey looking for a partner, and urged everyone who sees him to stay at least 100 meters away.

“For the most part, we haven’t seen conflicts between the public and the bear until recently, and unfortunately those conflicts were entirely human-caused,” Fitzsimons said in a statement.

It’s a novelty to see a bear in Illinois, and people want to see it for themselves, but they must remember that the outcome of this bear – or IDNR, should intervene and take action to protect public safety – completely depends on how the public react to it.

“If the bear is left alone, he can safely travel independently.”

Nature officials have warned everyone who encounters Bruno to stay away for at least 100 years

Nature officials have warned everyone who encounters Bruno to stay away for at least 100 years

Illinois state police have offered several updates about its location in recent weeks

Illinois state police have offered several updates about its location in recent weeks

Nature officials have warned everyone who encounters Bruno to stay away for at least 100 years. Illinois state police have offered several updates about its location in recent weeks

Black bear sightings are especially uncommon in Illinois, where only about 14.7 percent of the landscape is suitable for survival.

Only a handful of sightings have been reported in the past decade, according to the Outdoor Illinois Wildlife Journal.

Bruno’s name is believed to be a nod to a famous animal actor who starred in the 1960s TV show Gentle Ben, as well as The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and Mara of the Wilderness.

IDNR and North American Wildlife and Habitat are overseeing Bruno with the help of local authorities and tips from concerned citizens.

Bruno's name is a nod to a famous animal actor who starred in the 1960s TV show Gentle Ben (pictured), as well as The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and Mara of the Wilderness

Bruno's name is a nod to a famous animal actor who starred in the 1960s TV show Gentle Ben (pictured), as well as The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and Mara of the Wilderness

Bruno’s name is a nod to a famous animal actor who starred in the 1960s TV show Gentle Ben (pictured), as well as The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and Mara of the Wilderness

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