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Video: Black bear pays a visit to Glensheen Mansion

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A black bear paid a visit to Glensheen Mansion Friday, but ran away before getting a tour of the historic Lake Superior home.

Craig Chenal shared the video with Glensheen Mansion, which posted it on its Facebook page Monday saying the "little guy wanted to be a part of the wedding fun."

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In a comment on the Facebook post, Glensheen officials said they were "told [the bear] just ran the way like you see in the video and a car stopped for it on London Road, quite harmless!"

Black bears are the only species of bear in Minnesota, and they generally live in forested areas in the northern third of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says, making them no stranger to the Duluth area.

Jane Pederson, of Glensheen Mansion, told BringMeTheNews that having bears wander around the neighborhood is a regular thing, but it's been "at least a few years, we think," that a bear has visited the mansion.

To Pederson's knowledge, there aren't any stories involving bears and the Congdon family (who built Glensheen Mansion in the early 1900s), but those who work at Glensheen have encountered them. Two years ago, Pederson said she was walking with other Glensheen employees in the Congdon neighborhood on Superior Street when they spotted "the biggest black bear" they'd ever seen – it was just strolling down the sidewalk.

Black bears are generally harmless and try to avoid people, but sometimes they'll make their way into more populated areas – especially this time of year. Bears will roam long distances in search of food-rich areas (especially acorns) so they can fatten up for their long winter hibernation. This migration is referred to as the “fall shuffle," the DNR says.

After they find their food, they’ll return to their home range to den for the winter, the National Park Service says. Denning can happen as early as September (if the food supply is plentiful) and as late as December.

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