With the addition of the three properties, the Hoosier state now has 277 state-designated sites protected by the Nature Preserves Act of 1967.
The bear is one of two black bears confirmed in Indiana in the past year.
Department of Natural Resources law officials say 21 people died in ATV accidents in 2016.
A new state-run program backed by nearly $1 million in federal funding will enlist southern Indiana landowners to plant 3,000 acres of new forests.
The crane was found in an agricultural area not far from where another whooping crane was killed a few years ago.
The DNR says the seven are experienced cavers who were conducting a survey of the cave near Corydon.
The revenue will support public safety efforts of rural and volunteer fire departments.
Within the last couple of weeks, Indiana has dispatched three fire support personnel to the Southeast U.S. where wildfires are raging.
Deer hunters in some parts of the state face mandatory deer inspections.
Indiana officials are asking motorists to be more watchful for deer on the state's roadways as fall weather and mating season approach.