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Black Bear Sightings in Eagan

 
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:42 pm    Post subject: Black Bear Sightings in Eagan Reply with quote

http://www.startribune.com/531/story/737278.html

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Warning: Small black bear sighted in Eagan

No one knows how it got there, but a small black bear has been spotted in Eagan, and for its sake, it better move on.
"All the good spots are taken," Bryan Lueth, urban wildlife specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said Wednesday.

Earlier this month, a couple saw a bear cross a path in front of them at dusk near Patrick Eagan Park. On Monday, city park staff members found and photographed tracks along the shore of McCarthy Lake. On Tuesday, the DNR confirmed them as bear tracks.

There have been no other confirmed sightings of the bear.

Lueth said that it is unusual for bears to venture into the south metro area, and for them to be seen now instead of in the spring. Black bears are not known to be aggressive, he added, but people should slowly and quietly back away from them.

The DNR advises people living near Patrick Eagan Park to not leave garbage -- or feed their pets -- outdoors. Bird feeders should be taken in at night. And if you're going to the park, leave the dogs at home or keep them leashed.

Lueth said he hopes the bear already is long gone because it is difficult to trap or tranquilize them. Last year, he said, a bear that traveled through at least four metro-area cities had to be destroyed when it reached St. Paul.

ANTHONY LONETREE

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does that raise the difficulty or the terrain rating for the caches in that park?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This story is very interesting to me. When Norvina and I did some night caching in this park last winter we spotted, or should I say, we were spotted by, coyotes. Also, I've seen coyotes on many occasions in Rosemount.
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Lady Z
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is interesting, only because I have started thinking what would I do if I met an animal larger then a squirrel while caching. I started thinking about this when my daughter asked me questions about wolverines, when I looked them up I decided if I ever come across one I'd just start praying. While in Itasca State park Sir_Zman and I came across a fisher, while in a car. I never would like to find one while caching. Also reports have come out of a possible bobcat attack of a camper in Itasca.

So that has me wondering what kind of animal have cachers run into while out caching. I don't mean the friendly dogs or the occasional deer but the kind that have you thinking am I in the wrong place or is it?
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raccoons sleeping in hollow logs and/or holes in trees where caches are often hidden.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A red fox sleeping in the hollow tree of Minnesota's Wooden Heart. I literally stuck my hand into the bottom of a tree without looking. Just as my hand was entering the bottom I decided to peek in and there were two glowing eyes stairing at me bright as day. I almost unloaded in my pants. Luckily Mr. (or Mrs.) Fox just sat there. I left it be and came back another time.

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=986da3fc-3d1e-4113-8f6d-d620f651f4e4

Deer hunting in Cass County, I was standing on a logging road. I hear something running through the woods getting closer and closer to me. Not knowing what it was I got into a crouch, deer rifle cocked. Out of the tree line bolts a giant (adult sized) timberwolf. It appears to be running towards me. I sat quietly, he runs right past me within feet looking over his shoulder as he runs by, over the road, back into the woods on the other side of the road. No trigger pull, everyone alive, some of us needing undies cleaned. Adrenaline was pumping that day.

Also, the occasional squirrel and mouse encounters are quite common. About the most dangerous animal I've encountered has been the deer tick.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grey Wolf and Wild Rice wrote:
Raccoons sleeping in hollow logs and/or holes in trees where caches are often hidden.


Including a raccoon sleeping in a tree hole while I was searching for cache #21 during the MOGA four person race!

jREST, Jonsom and I ran across a dead coyote in Tierny Woods. Scary at first, but then we realized that it wasn't sleeping.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

notsmike, Herrwald, and I were seeking a puzzle cache in Golden Valley and about the time we were leaving, there was a commotion in the brush. I snapped this photo: ....... and we hightailed it out of there. You don't want to get in the way of some of the clever creatures that roam the woods.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheGilby4 wrote:
Grey Wolf and Wild Rice wrote:
Raccoons sleeping in hollow logs and/or holes in trees where caches are often hidden.


Including a raccoon sleeping in a tree hole while I was searching for cache #21 during the MOGA four person race!


We ran across this furry creature in a tree hole in Lebanon Hills a few years back. Never bothered to figure out what type of creature it might've been.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a coyote twice in EP while caching Edenbrook Conservation area but they don't seem like something that would hurt a person at all. Usually the most exciting / startling thing I see are huge wild turkeys.

Once reached into a hollow tree and a mouse fell out and landed on my foot.
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