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Readying for a long winter's nap

Black bears hibernate for as long as six to seven months in the winter, according to the Minnesota DNR.

Black bear cubs in snow
Two black bear cubs walk through fresh snow Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Crosslake.
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Photos and video from the event at Crosby Memorial Park.

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