MINNEAPOLIS (UKTN) – A bear has been spotted in a number of areas of Woodbury over the past week, creating a buzz among neighbors.
The bear was filmed roaming the backyards and right in front of Rob Noirjean’s house. He says they didn’t get to the window in time to get a glimpse of the bear’s direction.
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“We jumped up and watched. We didn’t run outside to run after that or anything, ”Noirjean said.
This is the first time in 30 years on the Evergreen Subdivision that there has been a bear sighting. So he shared his video with neighbors.
So have the others. The bear walked past a house on Saturday night. He is seen looking around when a dog barks, then moves on. The bear also left a trail in Trudy Cowman’s backyard.
RAW VIDEO: Bear roams Woodbury Yard
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“The minute I saw my feeder, yes it was a bear [laughs]! Cowman said. “One of the posts was bent at almost a 90 degree angle. And he must have been very full when he was done with all my bird seed [laughs]! “
They straightened the post and Cowman now takes the feeders every night.
“I just think, sort of wild creatures, we’ve kind of intercepted each other in their area as well, so they need a place to be,” Cowman said.
Another video captured the bear two miles away, just before midnight Monday. According to Scott Noland of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, bears are mostly found in northern Minnesota, but can be found in Anoka and Washington counties.
“This time of year, they wake up from hibernation and seasonally seek food sources when natural foods aren’t as readily available,” Noland said.
And Noland says that with an increase in cameras, people are noticing more. The best advice is to leave a bear alone. MNR recommends welcoming small animals at night and food sources – such as bird feeders and garbage – for two to three weeks until the bear moves on.
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MNR tracks bears that are outside of their traditional habitat. Click here to report a bear sighting or see where they have been spotted.