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Bear wandering in Minneapolis killed by DNR

Officers responded and located the black bear in a densely-populated neighborhood with a potentially injured front paw.

MINNEAPOLIS — A potentially wounded bear was killed after it was spotted wandering in a north Minneapolis neighborhood Sunday. 

Officers from the 4th precinct responded to reports of a bear sighting near Girard Ave. N and 14th Ave N. around 8:40 a.m., according to MPD. 

Upon arrival, officers located the black bear with a potentially injured front paw.

The MPD officers followed the bear as it moved through the densely-populated neighborhood, using a drone and personnel from Minneapolis Park Police and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office to monitor the bear’s location.

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Eventually, field agents from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were called in to put the bear down just after 11 a.m. near 22nd Ave N. and Girard Ave N. 

In a statement, the DNR said the bear was in a heavily populated residential area with many children, and presented an immediate public safety threat. It was "dispatched" with the meat donated to a family in need. 

If you come across a bear in the metro or in central Minnesota, the DNR says you should report it to their bear tracking website to help track the population and identify patterns.

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