Black bear spotted in Burnsville believed to be Savage bear


The elusive black bear that's evaded capture in Savage (pictured) for the last week and a half may have popped up in Burnsville over the weekend.

Police said a wounded bear, presumably the one shot by police in Savage on May 23, was seen Sunday near 134th Street and Parkwood Avenue in Burnsville, the Pioneer Press reports. By the time officers arrived on the scene, it had left.

Police said the bear was wounded in its rear left leg, KSTP reports.

A black bear was first spotted at the Town and Country Campground in Savage over a week ago. A police officer shot the bear, but it only wounded the animal, police said. Officials believe the same bear was then seen over Memorial Day weekend, and again on May 29 near Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Savage, just 3 miles southeast of the campground.

The Burnsville sighting was about 5 miles east of the elementary school, the Pioneer Press notes.

The black bear in the southwestern suburbs wasn't the only bear seen over the weekend. Woodbury police received multiple reports of black bear sightings on Sunday afternoon. Officials believe they were all the same animal, KSTP reports.

KSTP has video of the Woodbury bear:

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Black bears were also seen on the northern edge of Inver Grove Heights in early May.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says bear sightings around the Twin Cities are not uncommon, especially in the spring when animals are coming out of hibernation. They are usually wary of people, the DNR says, but if someone spots a bear, they should keep their distance and call 911 right away to report the animal's location.

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