Bear shot to death in North St. Paul


A bear found in North St. Paul was deemed an immediate threat and was shot and killed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources April 25. (submitted photo)

After determining a bear that had wandered into North St. Paul to be an immediate safety threat, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shot and killed the animal April 25. 

“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,” a DNR statement said about the incident.

The male bear, estimated to be about 2 years old and around 115 pounds, was spotted earlier in the day. North St. Paul Police took a picture of the bear and had posted it to the department’s Facebook page. 

As word spread around the city, people began to gather to catch a glimpse of the bear. 

“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 statement said.  

The DNR statement added that the department does not tranquilize or relocate bears, and has the authority to kill bears in the metro that pose a threat. 

“Relocated bears seldom remain where they are released. They may return to where they were caught or become a problem somewhere else,” the DNR said. 

The DNR warns that it is not unusual to see young bears in the spring as young males “search out new territory.”

If people encounter a bear, the DNR said to first back away slowly. After giving the bear “an escape route,” make noise to scare off the bear.  To avoid attracting bears, people should remove access to bird feeders, garbage bins and compost collections. 

 

Solomon Gustavo

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