On Sunday, the roughly 200-pound bear was spotted in Burnsville near 134th Street and Parkwood Avenue. A witness reported seeing the bear limping and holding its rear left leg up while getting around.
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Then, just after midnight this morning, the bear was spotted again in Eagan. On Twitter, the Eagan Police Department shared the photo at the top of this post of the bear captured in the grainiest security camera still of all time (almost looks like an art piece, doesn't it?), along with this information:
Bear sighting on Slater & Tiffany coming into Eagan. While there are no reports of threats to residents, please go inside if you see it (q)
A news release distributed by the city of Burnsville cites the DNR in explaining why the roughly two-year-old bear is hanging out in the suburbs:
@tomhaldenfox9 Yes, this is believed to be the Savage bear that traveled from Savage, across Burnsville, and ended up here (q).-- Eagan Police (@EaganPolice) June 3, 2014
According to the DNR, bear sightings in the Twin Cities are not uncommon, especially in the spring. Often, the bears are young males searching for their own territory after emerging from hibernation and being chased off by other bears. The DNR says if left alone, these bears will often move on to an area with fewer people and less opportunity for problems."The best way to resolve human-bear conflicts is to do everything possible to avoid them in the first place," Cynthia Osmundson, DNR central region wildlife manager, says in the Burnsville news release. "In areas where bears have been reported, it's best to eliminate or secure anything the bear may smell and consider as food -- including bird feeders, garbage, pet food and grills. Once a bear finds food at a particular location, it's likely to return."
Anybody who sees the bear is asked to call 911. The Burnsville statement says the city's police department "will work with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to keep the bear away from populated areas if sighted."
That's probably just a euphemistic way of saying they'll shoot the bear, but as the DNR points out, Minnesota's bear population is stable enough to warrant annual bear hunting, so what's the life of one troublesome black bear worth in the grand scheme?
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