Luke Anderson of rural Wadena snapped these photos of a bear checking out his backyard recently. He said the bear was about 10 feet from his back porch.

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Luke Anderson of rural Wadena snapped these photos of a bear checking out his backyard recently. He said the bear was about 10 feet from his back porch.

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If you click on a marker it will tell you what day, time, and number of bears and cubs were sighted in that location. Such as this sighting in Hewitt on May 14.

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Luke Anderson of rural Wadena snapped these photos of a bear checking out his backyard recently. He said the bear was about 10 feet from his back porch.

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DNR needs your help tracking bear sightings

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Ben Swain was driving on Highway 210 through Hewitt on  July 11 when he encountered a bear crossing the road. The bear disappeared into a backyard. 

    These sightings are what the DNR would like you to report.

    Minnesota’s black bear range has been slowly expanding southward and westward. The DNR is trying to better document this expansion and need your help. 

    If you see a black bear outside of its primary range (primary range is shown in black on the map), please report the information.

    Your name and contact information will not be made public. The DNR will not respond to nuisance complaints submitted through the form. Please call your local Wildlife Manager or Conservation Officer if you require assistance with a nuisance bear. . . . 

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