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City: Bear reportedly roaming Woodbury

Woodbury police and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officers are investigating multiple reports of a bear roaming Woodbury.

According to a city announcement, police have received "a handful of calls for service the last few days related to black bear sightings." That included reports from Monday, June 2, when a bear was spotted in the Tamarack Road/Interlachen Parkway area.

"The bear has not shown any signs of aggression," said Woodbury police officer Adam Sack, adding that the bear has run off when people get near it.

The city announcement cites comment from DNR conservation officer Scott Arntzen, who said the bear is in search of food. Bears tend to be on the move early in the morning and in the evening, according to the announcement.

"Residents should not approach the bear, and eliminate all food sources, including garbage cans, pet food, bird feeders, compost, even grills," the announcement states.

The city said it will continue working with the DNR on the bear matter. The city recommends people call 911 if they see the bear and believe it is a safety threat.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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