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Black bear

October 11, 2018
The Black Bear 4-H Club includes Amber Hidde (back row from left), Tyler Hidde, Bennet Capelle and Braden Capelle; Dana Hammer (front row from left), Ava Capelle and Tori Dullum. Submitted Photo
Crow Wing County youth celebrate 4-H week
October 11, 2018 - 6:00am
October 1, 2018
Conservation Officer (CO) Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) and Conservation Officer Candidate (COC) Annette Kyllo assisted an archery hunter retrieve his deer due to a black bear guarding it. Loud noises did not scare the bear away, and the hunter requested assistance. When Sullivan and Kyllo arrived, the bear had moved on and the deer was moved to a safe location for field dressing. Photo Illustration
Assist offered to bow hunter, retrieving deer from bear claiming it - MnDNR CO Reports
October 1, 2018 - 3:00pm
August 20, 2018
Researchers with the DNR are monitoring about 30 radio-collared black bears across the state, especially in zones 27, 25 and 45, and in parts of the no-quota zone. Most of them are in or near the Chippewa National Forest between Grand Rapids and Bigfork. Others are farther north, near Orr or Voyageurs National Park. Some collared bears are also around Camp Ripley, and in northwestern Minnesota, especially near Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area and Plummer. MnDNR photo.
Bear hunters asked not to shoot ear-tagged and radio-collared research animals
August 20, 2018 - 3:00pm
August 10, 2018
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Hunters killed a mother bear and two 'shrieking' newborn cubs in their den, Alaskan troopers say
August 10, 2018 - 11:41am
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