LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The black bear roaming southern Indiana is a good sign, according to wildlife officials, who say it means adaptable animals are rebounding across the nation. 

An increase in forested land and changes in hunting regulations have increased black bear numbers in states. Officials say Indiana could be the next state to have a breeding population. It's because the hilly forests make a good habitat, and there's growing numbers of bears in neighboring states.

Experts believe the southern Indiana bear swam across the Ohio River from Kentucky.

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