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DNR to hunters: Don't shoot radio-collared bears

All DNR research bears with functional radio-collars have large, colorful eartag1 / 3
Markings visible in low light conditions2 / 3
DNR collared bears occur mainly in northwestern Minnesota (no-quota area), the C3 / 3

Hunters participating in Minnesota's bear season are reminded to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears, which are marked with large colorful ear tags or colorful streamers.

Hunters are likely to find collared bears in and near Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area; the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge; the Chippewa National Forest; Camp Ripley; the Cloquet Forestry Station; Voyageurs National Park; and northern St. Louis County between Ely and Tower near the Eagles Nest chain of lakes.

Although it is legal to shoot collared bears, hunters are asked not to do so. It is difficult or impossible to replace some of these research animals, and the data they provide, especially during the fall, is invaluable to bear management.

Photos of some collared research bears are available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website at www.mndnr.gov/bear. Any hunters who do shoot collared bears should call the DNR Wildlife Research Office in Grand Rapids at 218-327-4146 or 218-327-4133.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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