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Black bear spotted 'bounding' through Woodbury

Two witnesses reported seeing a black bear roaming Wednesday near Woodbury Lakes.

According to a police report, a Woodbury woman called at 5:18 a.m. to report seeing a bear "bounding" northbound through a wetland area west of Woodbury Lakes and east of the vacant State Farm Insurance Co. building property. The bear was last seen moving northwest in a wooded area north of a swamp.

Police were unable to locate the bear, but encountered a man walking his dog who also reported seeing the bear. The man told police the bear had traveled across Hudson Road from the swampy area south of Woodbury Lakes.

Police said the bear might have wandered away down a large storm water culvert under Interstate 94, which an officer said appeared large enough to conceal a bear. The culvert also was in the bear's general direction of travel.

Look for more on the story in next week's print edition.

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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