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More bear sightings reported in Twin Cities

All recent sightings have occurred in the eastern metro.
A Black Bear wandering through grass.

A Black Bear in Minnesota.

Bear sightings have been reported in three more cities in the Twin Cities metro area.

The Lino Lakes Police Department said on May 1 a black bear was seen near Birch Street and Joyner Lane, an area just east of Brandywood Park.

And on Monday, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office tweeted about bear sightings in Vadnais Heights and North Oaks (which are both just south of Lino Lakes).

These come just a week after a flurry of bear sightings in Woodbury.

Black Bears are the only species of bear in Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources, with roughly 12,000-15,000 in the state.

While they generally live in forests and swampy areas to the north, their range has been expanding to the south and west, and they do sometimes amble into more populated cities and towns. They are generally cautious around humans.

"Anyone who encounters a bear should have healthy respect for it, but, at the same time, do not feel that it is an inherent threat," the DNR says

The agency keeps a map of reported bear sightings outside of the species' range. You can find it here.

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