May 24, 2018 07:10 PM
Residents in Burnsville should be on the lookout for a new, furry neighbor, according to police.
The department confirmed via Facebook reports of a black bear sighting south of County Road 42 and east of Lac Lavon Drive, around 6 a.m. Thursday.
"Not so strange to have animals like a snapping turtle, but this the first time for a bear," said Vonnie Kahnert, who lives on the block where the bear was spotted.
Kahnert was asleep at the time the bear stopped outside a neighbor's home.
"A bear in Burnsville, (they) do not go well together," said Susan Schildhauer, who lives in area.
"If a bear were to show up, I don't know what I would do."
Police said the bear did not seem agitated or aggressive, but "people in the area are asked to remain vigilant of their surroundings, and not leave pets or small children unattended."
Burnsville police had officers in the area Thursday watching for the animal.
"This isn't unusual this time of year - to get bear sightings," said Bob Fashingbauer of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
"Typically they are young males looking for new territory. The biggest reason bears show up in neighborhoods is there are food attractants to them."
Fashingbauer said the black bear is probably around two-years-of-age.
Residents who see the bear are asked to call 911 if it appears aggressive.
Otherwise, authorities said residents should avoid the bear, report the sighting via the DNR website and let it leave the area on its own.
Eric Chaloux and Anthony Brousseau
Updated: May 24, 2018 07:10 PM
Created: May 24, 2018 09:33 AM
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