Multiple bear sightings near New Ulm, people warned to stay away

No selfies with the bear.
Author:
Publish date:
Updated on
black bear

Not the actual bear(s) spotted in the New Ulm area. 

Multiple bear sightings in and around the New Ulm area in south-central Minnesota have police in the area warning people not to approach the wild animal. 

New Ulm police posted this message on Facebook on Wednesday: 

"If you happen to see a bear in New Ulm please please do not approach it. Contact us at 507-233-6750 and an officer will respond. Animal Control will also be contacted as they are the point of contact to the DNR. At this time the plan is to leave the bear alone unless the bear is posing danger to the public."

The police added: "DO NOT APPROACH A BEAR FOR ANY REASON...this includes trying to take photos or a selfie."

Related: Bear cub breaks into Duluth home with angry mama outside

According to Southern Minnesota News, bear sightings were reported both Sunday and Monday, once in New Ulm city limits on South Payne Street between 9th and 10th streets, and again off Hwy. 14 between Courtland and Nicollet around 503rd Ave. 

The Minnesota DNR's bear sightings map shows that the bear spotted in New Ulm was reported at 12:25 p.m. on Sunday. That same day, a bear sighting was reported around 3:30 p.m. southeast of New Ulm near the Minnesota River.  

Each marker represents a bear sighting. 

Each marker represents a bear sighting. 

The DNR notes that black bears can travel 10-20 miles per day, so it very well could've been the same bear. 

Next Up

Related

Chammy the horse can stay in New Ulm

The controversy over Chammy the horse in New Ulm has been settled. The horse is a well-known attraction for many around town, beloved by some neighbors but a nuisance to others. The city had cited the horse's owners for excessive manure and threatened to evict the animal. But at a spirited city council meeting Tuesday, it was decided the horse can stay as long as the manure problem is solved.

Bear sightings on increase in Anoka County town of Ramsey

Bear sightings are on the increase in the Anoka County town of Ramsey. KARE 11 reports that that Ramsey police have received so many calls of bears in the area that they've put up signs warning residents. One resident even snapped a picture of a bear cub eating from her bird feeder.