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Sheriff: 200-Pound Bear Euthanized In Chatfield

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A 200-pound black bear found at a residence in southeastern Minnesota on Sunday had to be euthanized after it growled at authorities and posed a threat to residents in the area, according to the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities were called at about 9:01 p.m. Sunday to a residence at 719 Grand Street in Chatfield on a report of a bear sighting. Chatfield is located south and east of Rochester.

When officers arrived, they found an adult black bear in a tree at the residence. Officers were able to get the bear out of the tree by using lights and noise, but it would not leave the area.

Authorities say the bear then started growling at officers, and it wasn't the first time a bear had been in the area. Other residents had called authorities about the bear in area back yards and porches the last few days.

Due to the bear causing a threat to citizens in the area, authorities decided to euthanize it. Both a DNR officer and a sheriff's deputy shot the bear simultaneously. The DNR officer took possession of the bear, which authorities say was an adult male and weighed more than 200 pounds.

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