Bears roaming Rochester area

Published 9:26 am Thursday, July 5, 2012

ROCHESTER  — Wildlife officials say black bears have been seen roaming the Rochester area.

Don Nelson, wildlife supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, says the DNR has received calls about bears in northeast Fillmore County, St. Charles and southeast Rochester during the last week.

The most recent call was Sunday morning, when a man spotted a bear near Spring Valley.

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Nelson says the bears probably are young males searching for mates after swimming over from Wisconsin.

He says while there are a couple black bears living in southeastern Minnesota, it’s not a breeding population. Many bears live in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Black bears are typically wary of humans and not aggressive.