Young black bear killed in North St. Paul. Officials said it ‘posed an immediate safety threat.’
By Tad Vezner | firstname.lastname@example.org | Pioneer Press
PUBLISHED: April 25, 2019 at 4:24 pm | UPDATED: April 25, 2019 at 5:04 pm
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A state conservation officer shot and killed a young black bear in North St. Paul Thursday, with the agency stating the bear “posed an immediate safety threat.”
The male bear was estimated to be two years old, weighing about 110 to 120 pounds.
“The bear carcass will be processed and the meat will be distributed to people in need of food,” said a statement from the Department of Natural Resources.
As to the safety threat, the DNR cited all the nearby homes and roads, and added that it was unlikely the bear would have been able to get to a “more suitable habitat.”
The North St. Paul Police Department posted this photo of a bear in a tree in North St. Paul to their Twitter account on Thursday, April 25, 2019. The bear, which was in a residential area of North St. Paul, was shot and killed Wednesday by a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer as authorities determined the animal posed an immediate safety threat. (Courtesy of the North St. Paul Police Department)
The bear was reported by a homeowner in the 2700 block of Apache Road about 6:45 p.m. It remained stuck or sitting in a tree until DNR officials killed it, according to North St. Paul police chief Tom Lauth. State officials sent out a statement about the bear’s death at 3:15 p.m.
“Growing interest in the bear’s location was leading to a gathering of onlookers. Bears can become agitated and pose a danger to humans when they become trapped or cornered as this bear had become in the neighborhood tree,” the DNR stated.
The state agency said it has a policy against tranquilizing or relocating bears.
“Relocated bears seldom remain where they are released. They may return to where they were caught or become a problem somewhere else,” the statement said.
Male black bears often roam in the spring in search of new territory.
They also look for food at a time when it is relatively scarce; thus, DNR officials urged residents to clean up or remove bird feeders, garbage and compost bins to reduce bear interest.
Bear shot in North St. Paul http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/04/25/bear-shot-in-north-st-paul/
April 25, 2019
A bear in a residential area of North St. Paul was shot and killed today by a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer as authorities determined the animal posed an immediate safety threat.
The bear was a male and estimated as a two-year old, about 110 – 120 pounds. The bear carcass will be processed and the meat will be distributed to people in need of food.
Due to the density of residences and roads in this area, it was unlikely that the bear would have been able to escape to more suitable habitat, especially during daylight hours and during the morning rush hour.
Growing interest in the bear’s location was leading to a gathering of onlookers. Bears can become agitated and pose a danger to humans when they become trapped or cornered as this bear had become in the neighborhood tree.
Law enforcement is authorized to dispatch bears in the metro area if they pose a public safety threat. The DNR does not tranquilize or relocate bears. Relocated bears seldom remain where they are released. They may return to where they were caught or become a problem somewhere else.
It is not unusual for people to see bears in the spring as young males search out new territories. They are also are looking for food sources at a time when berries and vegetation are scarce.
If people encounter a bear, the first thing they should do is back away slowly. They need to give the bear an escape route and make noise to scare the bear away.
People should also clean-up and remove potential attractants such as bird feeders, garbage, and compost bins to reduce the chances of bears moving into developed and residential areas.
Bear sightings outside of their primary northern forest range can be reported on an interactive map-based application on the Minnesota DNR website at mndnr.gov/hunting/bear/bear-sightings.html.
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