Adrift for hours on Lake Superior ice floe, bear finally floats to safety
A black bear took quite a ride all day Easter Sunday on an ice floe in Lake Superior near Bayfield.
The bear was first seen by ferry staff at 7:45 a.m. near Madeline Island. It rode an ice floe in the direction of Basswood Island, Hudson said, then eventually drifted back to Bayfield, a distance of perhaps five miles. Currents and wind affect ice movement.
"It saw that it was going to be able to get to land and made a break for it," Hudson said.
It climbed up a breakwall and collapsed, where it proceeded to take a long nap, she said.
Nobody knows where it went after that, Hudson said.