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DNR Shoots Black Bear In Oakdale

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By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV  

NORTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A black bear searching for food found his way to a North St. Paul neighborhood on Friday.

The bear was spotted around 4:30 a.m. Friday near the intersection of Henry Street and Second Avenue.

Some video was taken from inside a North St. Paul police squad. Officers watched the bear run through the neighborhood and followed it across Highway 120 into the city of Oakdale. It was there that Minnesota DNR officers shot and killed the bear.

Many area residents were shocked to hear about the early morning visitor.

“A lot of people are freaked this is the middle of North St. Paul and we don’t have too many woods around here so its kind of like wow a black bear deer that’s one thing but a bear is something else,” said North St. Paul resident Zak Wood.

The DNR said if you encounter a black bear you need to keep your distance. They said they have to put bears down that are found in the city down because it becomes a safety issue.

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