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Published May 13, 2011, 04:29 PM

Crookston Residents Baffled By Bear Sightings

There have been several bear sightings in Polk County so far this month. The latest was in Crookston where a black bear ripped down bird feeders looking for food.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

There have been several bear sightings in Polk County so far this month. The latest was in Crookston where a black bear ripped down bird feeders looking for food.

Wildlife experts says the delayed spring weather has caused bears to search for food because their natural food supplies are scarce.

A bear was spotted in Crookston by several people living along Groveland Avenue. The most recent sighting was Thursday morning.

Dustin and Lori Ingeman took some pictures of the bear bringing down their bird feeder for a quick meal.

Ross Hier from the DNR says black bear sightings in the Red River valley may have been rare in the 1990s, but that's not the case now.

"Now, we typically go through, every winter where somebody from Fertile or Red Lake Falls, areas on the fringe of the prairie call saying 'we think we have a bear standing right in our field or in our grove,'" Hier said.

Hier says Crookston residences should remove any open garbage cans, dog, cat and bird food from yards until the bear leaves the area.

Hier says black bears are very shy and naturally scared of humans. But, like with any large, wild animal, it's best to keep your distance.

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