April 26, 2019 12:43 PM
A bear in a residential area of North St. Paul was shot and killed Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.
The DNR said the bear was a male, estimated to be about 2 years old and weighed roughly 110 to 120 pounds. The agency said in a release that authorities determined it posed an immediate threat, leading a conservation officer to shoot the animal.
The bear was unlikely to have been able to escape to a more suitable habitat, the DNR said, due to the density of residences and roads in the area, especially during daylight hours and during morning rush hour.
The department also reminded people that bears can become agitated and pose a threat to humans when trapped or cornered, as the bear in this case had become in a neighborhood tree. The DNR doesn't tranquilize or relocate bears, as they seldom remain where they're released and can return to where they were caught or cause problems elsewhere, the release said.
Officials said it's not usual for bears to search out new territories and look for food sources in the spring, but people are urged to clean-up and remove potential attractants such as bird feeders, garbage and compost bins that bears might be attracted to.
If you encounter a bear, the DNR says you should back away slowly, give the bear an escape route and make noise to scare away the animal.
You can report bear sightings on a DNR map here.
Updated: April 26, 2019 12:43 PM
Created: April 25, 2019 03:34 PM
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