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Bear sighting in central MN
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sir_kdizzzle
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:15 am    Post subject: Re: Bear sighting in central MN Reply with quote

loneeagle_24 wrote:
Just so all are aware of this. There was a black bear spotted near Lake Lillian on Saturday. If caching in that area please be aware of this. It is pretty good sized. A Sheriffs deputy was able to get a couple of pics of it and said that it was roughly 8-10' tall when standing against a tree. He was close enough to it that it actually hissed at him. He didn't however get out of his car just in case it was aggressive.


Thanks for the heads up!!
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Bad_CRC
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mn-treker wrote:
Three years ago a DNR worker was torn up pretty bad.


Do you have a link to any info about this? I'm not saying you are lying, only that I can't find any info.
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Mn-treker
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No I do not. I read about it. It was some place up by or north of Mille Lacs lake. This was the same year that a Boy Scout was dragged from his tent by one up north.
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RudeRat
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By Associated Press

September 16, 2002, 10:32 AM EDT


ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- A wildlife researcher was in fair condition Monday after
a rare attack by a black bear, normally a timid species that runs from
people.

Miles Becker was tracking woodcocks fitted with radio transmitters when the
bear attacked him Sunday in the Four Brooks Wildlife Management Area 10
miles north of Milaca in central Minnesota.

Becker, 24, was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of broken facial
bones, puncture wounds to his head and left leg, lacerations and a broken
leg.

Wildlife officials set a trap for the bear, one of an estimated 30,000 in
the state.

Dick Tuszynski, manager of the Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area,
speculated that Becker might have been wearing earphones to listen to the
birds' transmitters and might not have heard potential bear warning signs
such as growls.

"I've bumped into bears when I was out jogging early in the morning or when
hunting, but bears are almost always wary and will leave," he said. "It's
usually them that run away."

The only other black bear attack recorded in Minnesota happened in 1987,
when a bear attacked campers in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of extreme
northern Minnesota, said Dave Garshelis, a bear biologist with the state
Department of Natural Resources.

That bear might have been seeking food, Garshelis said. This year, however,
berries, nuts and other foods are so abundant in Minnesota's forests that
hunters have been having trouble luring bears with bait, he said.

In August, a black bear dragged away and killed a 5-month-old girl in New
York state's Catskills.

Black bears have killed only about 50 or fewer people in North America in
the past century, according to the North American Bear Center in Ely, Minn.

In most cases, the bears "are just big chickens," Lynn Rogers, director of
the center and of the Wildlife Research Institute, said after the New York
attack. "They've survived by running without question. The littlest hound
can chase the biggest bear up a tree."
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Mn-treker
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lynn Rogers Study's of Black Bears are so contaminated by his handling
that the bears are now causing trouble. He tries to portray them as just big Teady Bears. That Boy scout incident I found out was in Wisconsin.
That Bear dragged him and the tent into the woods.

My point being you can not trust what a Bear will do. It may run away or it may come after you. Look in the recent news this year in this state.
At least two bears killed for going after people.
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dornole
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When we went to the Bear Center in Ely, it was like a major theme of the place that black bears are chicken and won't hurt you. They had video clips of grannys creaking out, "Go away, bear!" and everything. I'm not sure why. Do they think people will want them all shot if they could be dangerous? They did admit that brown bears will kill ya.

Most people are "chicken" and won't hurt you either, but there's no doubt that some can and will. I figure bears have to be the same, at the very minimum . . . a bear certainly has the tools to hurt you very badly.
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AerosmithPA
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I'm deep in the woods and check my back, bears are not on my mind. Those wolves (probably unfounded, but they simply look intimidating) and cats I'm looking for. Never want to see a big cat in the woods.
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AerosmithPA wrote:
Never want to see a big cat in the woods.


You probably never will. But they will see you. Shocked
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