Bear climbs tree outside Duluth City Hall, giving onlookers paws

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Earlier this week we had a cat stuck up a tree in Wisconsin, then on Wednesday it was the turn of this black bear who spent the day hanging out by Duluth City Hall 50 feet or more from the ground.

KDAL reports that the black bear was spotted early Wednesday morning making its way up the tree, and spent the morning there.

The Duluth News Tribune says the bear came down from the tree in the early afternoon and went for a stroll. But while police tried to shepherd the animal toward some nearby woods, the bruin instead selected a new tree to climb – this time venturing about 75 feet up for a comfortable afternoon perch.

Finally, with the work day winding down, the bear ambled down from the second tree at about 4:30 for the commute home, the News Tribune reports.

Onlookers were told not to get too close, lest they meet a grizzly end.

It could be that the bear was looking to add its voice to the ongoing debate over the future of the Boundary Waters wilderness, throwing its name into the hat for the new mayor of Duluth after Don Ness steps down, or maybe it was getting its license ahead of this weekend's fishing opener.

Whatever his motivation, the News Tribune reports it proved a popular diversion for city folk, plenty of whom stopped near the corner of 4th Avenue West and 1st Street to take a look at the visitor.

Police told the newspaper they were content to leave the bear in the tree in the hopes it will come down on its own accord, but has been in contact with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to discuss options to deal with the situation.

The black bear is the only bear species in the state, and can weigh between 150 and 500 pounds. The DNR estimates there are approximately 20,000 of them in Minnesota.

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