The person taking the call wasn’t as excited, according to Haskin.
“He said, ‘There are no black bears in Indiana.’ I told him that I know a black bear when I see one and that it definitely was a black bear,” Haskin said in a recent phone interview.
But the DNR listener insisted again, “There are no black bears living in Indiana.”
“I said, ‘Well, then, I saw one vacationing in Indiana.’ I don’t think he appreciated that very much,” Haskin chuckled.
Haskin, who lives near Winter Haven, Fla., said he was driving north on I-65, south of the Roselawn exit, when he first saw the bear at the 220-mile marker on that sunny Friday afternoon.
“It was 1:05 p.m. and it came from the west and was headed east. It didn’t seem like it was scared or was running from something,” he said. “It was just galloping across the northbound lane. It looked over its right shoulder and kept the same cadence and speed.”
Haskin estimated the bear’s weight at between 200 and 250 pounds. He said he is certain other travelers saw what he saw because some vehicles slowed and pulled slightly off the road.