Dog killed by bear in backyard of Sherburne County home

12:57 PM, May 7, 2012   |    comments
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ELK RIVER, Minn. - A dog was killed by a female bear in the backyard of a residence in Livonia Township Monday morning.

Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott says his office received information from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Brott says the bear and her three cubs were in the backyard eating out of bird feeder.

Brott says it is not uncommon for bears to be spotted in Sherburne County. "With the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, the Sand Dunes State Forest and quite a bit of rural area in Sherburne County, bears will frequently live and pass through the county," he wrote in a statement. "It is however, rare for there to be an incident such as what happened today (Monday)."

Brott did not say what kind of bear it was.

With the recent warm temperatures, bears are coming out of their winter dens hungry and looking for food.

In his statement, Brott added "individuals who are concerned about bears should stop feeding birds and to make sure their garbage, dog food and barbeque grills are stored in a place that the bears do not have access to."

The DNR has information on their website on how to live with bears. If a bear is an immediate threat to public safety, the Sherburne County sheriff's office reminds people to call 911.

Livonia Township is east of Zimmerman.

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