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Minneapolis Vegan Meetup Message Board › Black Bear Sighting

Black Bear Sighting

Kelly
user 76375892
Burnsville, MN
Post #: 20
Hello all,
There has been a sighting in the south metro (Savage) of a black bear. It is less than 2 years old and about 200 lbs and is presumed to be lost, yet the DNR has recommended that the Savage police department to kill the bear rather than to tranquilize and relocate it.
I'm extremely upset about this. From the DNR website:
"In some rare situations, trapping and/or chemical immobilization by trained people may be used to remove a bear from an urban area. Trapping or chemical immobilization should be used mainly as a means for killing the bear (e.g. in situations where it is unsafe to discharge a firearm). The DNR does not relocate problem bears to another location. Relocated bears seldom remain where they are released. They may return to where they were caught or become a problem somewhere else. Bears will not be trapped for causing minor property damage, such as tearing down bird feeders or tipping over garbage cans. Trapping bears does not resolve the fundamental problem, which is an abundant food source provided by humans. Research and experience has shown that removing the food that attracts bears resolves bear problems much more effectively than attempting to trap and relocate the bear."
The bear was seen wandering a campground during memorial weekend. So let me get this straight...rather than holding people accountable and making them secure their food, they'll just shoot the bear instead?
Kelly
user 76375892
Burnsville, MN
Post #: 21
It appears as though the bear was sighted again and was shot by an officer, but the bullets just grazed the bear, and now the bear is presumed to be injured and still wandering around. If you're as disturbed by this as I am, please call the DNR officer in charge of the case, Captain Greg Salo at 651-259-5882.
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