Video: Black Bear Sighting in Stillwater Township

A black bear was sighted around noon Saturday in Stillwater Township.

Josh Hanson shot this video on May 23 on Little Carnelian Lake in Stillwater Township.

The bear was also sighted by a number of other residents in the area, Hanson said. No one experienced any aggressive behavior and the bear moved on fairly quickly to the west.

Bears aren’t strangers to the St. Croix River Valley.

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.”

Bears are attracted to homes and cabins by garbage and bird feeders, according to the Minnesota DNR. Pet food, charcoal grills, fruit trees and gardens may also attract bears. Once a bear finds food around your home it will likely return.

The DNR reminds people to never feed bears, as they will associate people with food and may become a problem.”

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.

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