There are 10,000 – 15,000 black bears in the state of Minnesota. So it’s no surprise that every once in a while one of them takes a detour into the cities. Angie Murad has been keeping up with the male black bear that’s wandered through Savage, Burnsville, Eagan and likely close to her home in Apple Valley.
The Department of Natural Resources has the authority to deny a permit to a researcher for putting radio collars on black bears in northern Minnesota, an administrative law judge ruled Tuesday, saying his methods raise significant public safety concerns. The DNR had sufficient cause when it decided to stop renewing Lynn Rogers’ permits last year, wrote Tammy Pust, Minnesota’s chief administrative law judge.
Minnesota wildlife officials say the world’s oldest known wild black bear has died of old age at 39 1/2. Bear No. 56 was first captured and radio-collared in 1981 when Ronald Reagan was early in his first term.
Livonia Township, east of Zimmerman, is a rural area with many of its homes surrounded by forest.
Some first graders from Andover Elementary School got an up-close lesson on government Monday afternoon as they testified about a bill they want passed.
Some Twin Cities elementary students are adding another subject to their list of lessons: politics.
A 20-year-old Melrude man says he recently came face-to-face with a large black bear, which sniffed his cheek and snorted at him before wandering away.
Minnesota is home to about 27,000 black bears. And each year thousands of people visit a sanctuary to get an up-close look at them and learn about their behavior.