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Bear Spotted Near Savage Elementary School

Updated: 05/29/2014 10:46 PM
Created: 05/29/2014 3:28 PM KSTP.com
By: Ellen McNamara

Children who walk or bike home from an elementary school in Savage had to be picked up Thursday instead.

Harriet Bishop Elementary School sent a note to parents saying a bear had been spotted on the north side of County Road 42, near the school. School officials said after the bear was seen all students were pulled inside the school as a safety measure.

"It was crazy, because the teachers wouldn't let us leave without a parent," said Delaney Woog, a fourth grader.

But not all kids are scared of the bear. In fact, Woog was hoping to meet him or her, so she came up with a creative outfit.

"I thought it would be easier to blend in, kind of like Duck Dynasty," Woog said. "They eat berries and they're more scared of us then we are of them, so they won't hurt me."

When Woog and her brother got home from school, they were on the hunt near their house and found a good look-out spot on some playground equipment.

They hope no one hurts the animal, even though it was wounded by police last week.

When you see Woog in her dark outfit with paint on her face, you cannot help but think she gets hot in her clothing.

However, Woog says she is prepared.

"I brought my water and if I get too hot in my sweatshirt, I could just drink it," Woog said.

Besides Woog, the DNR is also on the hunt for the bear.

For parents who have kids at Harriet Bishop, if there are any more sightings near the school and there are rules about drop off or pick up, the district will let families know again.

The bear has been spotted by Savage residents since last week. It was shot by an officer Friday, when it was seen behind a home on the 9200 block of Creek Way, police said.

The bear took off into a wooded area before it could be captured.

Photo: Jessica Sepeda

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