Skip to main content

DNR: Property owner complains about black bear, but refuses to take down bird feeders

A lesson in what not to do if a black bear comes into your yard.

If you want to live in northeast Minnesota, coexisting with black bears is essentially a prerequisite. That means taking steps to reduce the chance of a hungry bear wandering into your yard by getting rid of unsecured attractants — that's agency speak for things like bird feeders, garbage cans and other human-provided food sources.

One Minnesota property owner, however, wasn't having it.

DNR Conservation Officer Kylan Hill, who covers the Tofte area, recently got a call about a "bear problem," according to the latest weekly reports. This person wanted the bear gone, but refused to remove the bird feeders they had up.

They instead "wished the DNR would come and trap the bear and move it elsewhere," Hill wrote.

He concluded: "Hill has not heard from the person but if the feeders are still up Hill assumes the bear is still around."

Related: Black bear rescued from storm sewer in Oak Park Heights

Dry conditions throughout much of the state have impacted black bears' natural food sources in recent weeks, and may continue to do so in the future. This can increase the chance of human-bear conflicts as the animals push into populated areas in search of some sustenance.

Putting away these tasty food sources is vital, Andrew Tri, bear project leader with the Minnesota DNR, told Bring Me The News. That includes "anything a bear might consider food such as birdseed, trash, hummingbird nectar, grills or their grease traps, etc."

"It only takes one or two food rewards for a bear to remember that your home or cabin is a place where an easy meal can be had," he continued, noting it's far easier to remove these things early than deal with the consequences of a bear that equates human dwellings and food."

Tri said the agency has received 169 bear complaints from May 1 to June 30 this year. That's actually well behind recent years, with 2020 (196 complaints), 2019 (239 complaints) and 2018 (222 complaints) all seeing higher numbers during the same period, though Tri noted 2021 numbers may be slightly behind the actual count due to reporting delays from area staff.

There had been some concern about drought and a late May killing frost significantly impacting berry availability for black bears this summer, and Tri said it's still too early to know for sure.

Wild sarsaparilla, the first berries bears will feast on, are just ripening in the north-central portion of the state, he said, and "seem to be in good shape," he said. Raspberries are a "mixed bag," cherries are average to below average and blueberries are still TBD.

"All of the aforementioned foods don’t really show up until we get into July, so time will tell if things are as bad as I had feared," Tri said.

Next Up

28987158675_df8dbfc6df_o

3 dead after plane crashes into house in Hermantown

Two people in the house were uninjured.

FeDh7pUWAAg3NMd

Destructive fire at Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery

The fire burned early Sunday morning at a longtime Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery.

st. cloud state university hockey

SCSU player hospitalized after being taken off ice on stretcher

Luedtke was checked into the boards in the first period and down for a reported 10-15 minutes.

Amber alert wisconsin

Amber Alert in Wisconsin: Search for missing 15-year-old girl

Police believe 15-year-old Kryssy King may be with a 22-year-old man.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 10.18.12 AM

3 St. Paul fast food restaurants robbed in space of an hour

The thieves struck between 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.06.40 AM

What to do with the Kmart site? Minneapolis wants your ideas

The project will connect Nicollet Avenue south of Lake street and north of the Midtown Greenway, reestablishing a street grid.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 7.53.55 AM

Crowd evacuated at end of homecoming football game in Brooklyn Park

Police blamed 'unruly teens' in the stands and some who were trying to enter the stadium.

gas

State to help 44 Minnesota gas stations add E15 pumps

The yellow 88 button is coming to more gas stations in Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 4.54.42 PM

FBI, police investigating bank robbery at Edina's 50th and France

An ATM technician was robbed by four men at a U.S. Bank.

Ethan Glynn

Paralyzed Bloomington football player begins rehabilitation in Colorado

Ethan Glynn is at a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital.

Related

Pixabay - black bear

Why conditions in Minnesota are ripe for more bear-human conflicts

A one-two punch of a May frost and dry spell could lead to a natural food shortage.

bear cub

Bear clambers into northern MN home through kitchen window

A black bear in the house isn't something you see every day.

Flickr - Blue Jay healthy feeder - USFWS Midwest Region

As mystery illness spreads, should Minnesotans take down bird feeders?

The unexplained ailment has resulted in bird die-offs in the eastern U.S.

bear rescue 1

Black bear rescued from storm sewer in Oak Park Heights

Police were originally called to the scene because someone thought a large dog was trapped in the sewer.

Flickr - fishing minnesota 2020 -Lorie Shaull

The most offbeat DNR conservation officer reports from the past week

An impatient Jeep driver, a bald eagle in a kennel, and more.

Pixabay - camp food fire

Bear sightings prompt food storage mandate up north

Visitors to the forest and BWCAW will be required to 'properly' store their food.

A Black Bear wandering through grass.

More bear sightings reported in Twin Cities

All recent sightings have occurred in the eastern metro.

Pixabay - Crappie fish

MN DNR: Please call us if you find a large group of dead fish

The agency says hot weather might be contributing to recent die-offs.