Photos: Several Black Bear Sightings Reported in Stillwater

This black bear was seen Wednesday morning a couple blocks from the Harbor Bar. Photo by Thomas Stanislaw

There have been a few black bear sightings in — and around Stillwater — this week.

Thomas Stanislaw posted several photos in the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group of a black bear he spotted Wednesday morning a couple blocks from the Harbor Bar off of Mckusick Road.

The black bear was also spotted Wednesday morning near County Road 5 and Wilkins Street, and at Fifth Street and Laurel on the North Hill.

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This photo taken by Brynna Turnau‎, and posted to the Pictures of Stillwater group was taken Wednesday morning on Mckusick (County 64) next to Oak Glen where the Brown’s Creek Trail crosses.

This video and photo were posted by Karen Arai at Fairy Falls:

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

“Most bears are wary of people and will usually leave when encountered. Although seeing a bear can be a memorable experience, some people are frightened when they encounter these animals.

Although some bears become used to people, they are still wild animals no matter how “tame” they may appear. People must always be cautious around bears since they may react unpredictably.”

Here’s a few more tips from the DNR if a bear comes into your yard:

  • Don’t panic. Don’t shoot. Don’t approach it.
  • Learn to tolerate bears. Many bears are killed or injured when not causing problems.
  • Most bears fear people and will leave when they see you. If a bear woofs, snaps its jaws, slaps the ground or brush, or bluff charges, you are too close!
  • Back away slowly.
  • Go inside and wait for the bear to leave.


Taking in bird feeders, garbage cans, pet food, etc. is also a good wa to deter a beer from stopping by your yard.

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