Between 12,000 and 16,000 black bears live in Minnesota, the Minnesota DNR says. For the past 20 years, the population has been growing and expanding further south and west. That means a lot of close encounters for Minnesotans.
A door cam captured a mama bear and cubs circling around a feeder in Breezy Point. Bears are typically looking for food at this time of year.
More bears in Breezy Point
What's more, either the same mama bear and cubs showed up again later in the day, or an entirely different bear family decided to get in on the action. Perhaps word got out?
Bear attacks feeder in Sandstone
Rodger Olson in Sandstone caught this bear taking on his bird feeder.
Bear comes up to car in Redby, Minnesota
A driver was in the area of Redby, Minnesota when he noticed a small bear wandering alongside the road.
Black bear sighting in Winsted
A black bear stopped by the backyard of a homeowner in Winsted, west of the metro area. This bear was likely either looking for food or searching for a mate. June is one of their most active times to roam.
Black bear sighting in Rogers
A bear was spotted roaming near Target off Highway 101 in Rogers in May.
Black bear spotted in Northfield
Neighbors in Northfield are keeping an eye out after a black bear was spotted in a neighborhood.