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Black bear

May 12, 2018
Only black bears live in the wild in Minnesota. They usually are shy and flee when encountered. Never approach or try to pet a bear. Injury to people is rare, but bears are potentially dangerous because of their size, strength and speed.
DNR lists tips to avoid conflicts with bears this spring
May 12, 2018 - 11:00am
April 25, 2018
Hunters are reminded that applications for bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 4, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing license are sold, online at and by telephone at 888-665-4236.
Bear hunt applications available; deadline is Friday, May 4
April 25, 2018 - 11:00am
April 8, 2018
Outdoor Notes for April 9
April 8, 2018 - 5:30am
May 23, 2017
This black bear was trying to get food Monday morning in Dave Biorn's back yard in southwest Brainerd.
Photo: Climbing a tree
May 23, 2017 - 5:00am
May 2, 2017
Tanja Ahlgren of Brainerd shared with us this photo of black bears she spotted Tuesday. Submitted photo
Photo: Scared bears
May 2, 2017 - 11:58am
April 4, 2017
As bears emerge from hibernation, their metabolism gradually ramps up and they will begin looking for food at a time when berries and green vegetation can be scarce. Illustration
Be aware of bears; DNR tips for avoiding conflict
April 4, 2017 - 12:24pm
December 9, 2016
A bear visits its mother's den a couple weeks after the mother emerged last March.
Submitted photo
Bear comfy in culvert? Expert says culverts are common bear hibernation sites
December 9, 2016 - 9:24pm
August 19, 2016
The video, which shows Josh Bowmar impaling the animal with a spear with a camera attached to it, prompted the Alberta government to say it will outlaw spear hunting as of this fall. Officials are also considering filing charges against Bowman. Illustration
Under Armour drops sponsorship of wife of hunter who speared bear
August 19, 2016 - 11:46am
August 16, 2016
U.S. hunter Josh Bowmar estimated the (black) bear ran 60 yards (55 meters), then died. He argued that a spear is a more humane weapon than a bow. Alberta environmental ministry spokesman Kyle Ferguson described the hunt as "unacceptable" and "archaic". and added, "We will introduce a ban on spear hunting this fall. In the meantime, we have asked Fish and Wildlife officers to investigate this incident to determine if charges are warranted under existing laws." Illustration.
Canadian officials may charge U.S. hunter who speared bear to death
August 16, 2016 - 12:51pm
August 15, 2016
Ashley Engholm of Baxter shared this photo of a black bear in her yard on Jewelwood Drive in Baxter on Sunday. Submitted photo.
Garbage attracts big bear to Baxter's Jewelwood Drive area
August 15, 2016 - 10:14am
August 3, 2016
A black bear sits in a tree on SW Seventh Street and W Laurel Street Tuesday in Brainerd. Officers checked on the bear and ultimately left it to its own devices. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)
Bear in a Tree
August 3, 2016 - 9:33am
July 27, 2016
A black bear relaxes in a swimming pool on the deck of Dave Zbaracki's home in the Congdon neighborhood of Duluth Monday. Dave Zbaracki submitted photo
Too hot to bear: Hairy visitor cools off in kiddie pool
July 27, 2016 - 9:11am
July 25, 2016
A black bear watches from a small wooded area near Garrison Road in Baxter before bounding into the woods Monday. (Brainerd Dispatch/ Steve Kohls)
Baxter Bear
July 25, 2016 - 7:53pm
May 18, 2016
The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the attack at 10:16 p.m. on Friday night. Catherine Hanson was knocked down in the attack, the sheriff’s office reported, and received numerous injuries but was able to call 911 after the bear stopped the attack. Illustration
2nd recent area attack: Bear attacks woman in northern Minnesota
May 18, 2016 - 12:02am
April 24, 2016
Black bear has city adventure in Detroit Lakes
April 24, 2016 - 10:07pm