Bear Crossing

James and Ashley Johnson were utterly surprised Saturday afternoon when they went to check on calves that had been vaccinated and castrated earlier in the day to find a black bear among their cows in a pasture owned by Tom Hoeger on 24th Street east of Maquoketa. Ashley captured several photos of the bear, including one of it crossing Highway 64 early Saturday evening. She and her family also saw the bear on the Johnson Family Farm’s oat fields north of Highway 64 near 270th Avenue.