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Slab-Slayer

Bear sighting ??.....................

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Slab-Slayer

Someone tried telling me there's been a bear sighting by Hector and another one last night in Big Kandi Park # 1. Anyone heard anything about this ?

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King Canada

No, but we could use a Bear out on the Island.

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The_King48

I was out for a drive and saw a slew of vehicles taking pictures of something in the woods. We weren't too interested so we kept going. We met a couple of deputies on the road. Also we might of met the game warden also but we weren't sure.

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Dave S

I wouldn't rule it out. There was an alleged bear sighting at Mayo park in Le Sueur. I saw a pic of the typical bigfoot pic quality but I honestly think there is a bear in the area. The person who spotted it also took some video which I haven't seen yet.

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highlife4me

There have been bears around Le Sueur and the rest of the valley for quite some time now but they usually don't stick around too long though. About five years ago there were two smaller bears west of Henderson that stuck around for over a month. I got to see a video with both of them attacking bird feeders.

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Slab-Slayer

story from Willmar paper: www.wctrib.com

Black bear pays a visit to area south of Big Kandi Lake

BIG KANDIYOHI -- There's always a chance of spotting deer and other wildlife while driving along the wildlife management area south of Big Kandiyohi County Lake, but Penny Mulder of Willmar scored a first for It was a large, black bear she watched run across a field of corn stubble about 7:45 p.m. on Sunday.

"You could see it plain as day,'' said Mulder.

Darla Jean Brede did, up close and personal. She was in her home just south of the Northern Lights Beach when her Dalmatian dog began barking, just like she does when there are animals in the yard.

Brede said she went outside hoping it wasn't a skunk. She looked up the tree where her dog was barking and straight at the back end of the darkest-colored bear she ever saw.

"The shock that goes through you is kind of...I'm not going to tell you what I said,'' said Brede, laughing.

The bear did not seem aggressive, but it was large. Brede brought her dog into the house, and watched the bear come down from the tree. She also watched it stand up on its hind legs to check out her bird feeder. It casually walked behind the barn.

She never saw it after.

She has seen bears in northern Minnesota, but never this close to home. Her parents have lived at the site for 61 years, and have never had a bear visit.

Minnesota Conservation Officer Jeff Denz of Willmar was among those who responded to calls about the bear. He logged it in as his first siting of a bear in Kandiyohi County too.

There had been reports of a bear in the area in recent days. Denz said he had received a report previously of a siting near Long Lake north of Willmar. And two days earlier, there had been a report of a bear spotted near Hector.

Whether the reports are the same bear or not is impossible to know, but certainly possible. He said it is likely the bear is just moving through the area.

There have been no reports of the bear causing any problems.

Mulder said she watched the bear make its way into a small grove of trees on a farm a couple miles south of the lake. She learned from the farm owner that the bear stayed around the grove until around 10 p.m. before taking off towards the east.

It's hard to say what brought the bear around the area, said Denz. He believes it will likely continue to roam until it finds habitat more to its liking

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Slab-Slayer

This black bear made a surprise visit to the area south of the Northern Lights Beach on the south shore of Big Kandiyohi Lake on Sunday evening. It was spotted in a farm field, a farm grove, and by one resident, in a tree in her yard where her dog was barking at it. Submitted photo

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