Glyndon teenager spots a bear in her backyardGlyndon, MN (WDAY TV) -- Living in rural parts of Minnesota we have seen our fair share of wild animals on the loose. But one 17 year old Glyndon girl saw something most of us will never see up close and personal in a lifetime.
Glyndon, MN (WDAY TV) -- Living in rural parts of Minnesota we have seen our fair share of wild animals on the loose. But one 17 year old Glyndon girl saw something most of us will never see up close and personal in a lifetime.
Growing up in this home, tucked away in the woods just South of Glyndon, Hannah Young has seen her fair share of furry friends.
Hannah Young - Saw Bear: "Rabbits, and a deer, and occasionally a moose."
But the only time she's seen an animal like this was in the cartoons, and the characters name was Yogi.
Hannah: "He started back there, and then he started walking up here, and I don't think he noticed us yet, and then he like walked, and then right here he looked up and then saw me standing there, and then he kind of moved forward a little bit more to like right here."
After snapping a few photos from indoors, Hannah took her once in a life time photo op outside.
Hannah Young: "I wasn't actually scared just because I don't know anything about bears, so obviously they can move fast, but I wasn't thinking about that just because my house is right here."
The bear looked her and her dad in the eye from about 25 feet away.
Hannah Young: "At that point I had to go back inside because it was getting closer."
It wasn't until this brave teenager went inside, that she realized what just happened.
Hannah Young: "I kind of realized that there was a bear standing in front of me, and kind of then it sunk in."
After the bear wandered off, Hannah's adventurous side kicked in, she came over here to this tree line to search for the bear.
Hannah Young: "I kind of want it to come back again, so I just look for it and I bring my camera with me."
Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist says bears are in our neck of the woods more then we think.
Bill Bergquist - Clay County Sheriff: "Every year we will get a call of a sighting of a bear. I mean, we've talked to a lot of people in Clay County that have game cameras that have had pictures of bears, so I think they are probably here more then we really realize, but sometimes they just get a little more daring and move a little more closer to town."
For now Berquist says there haven't been any other reports of the bear in town, but he and the Youngs are just happy it chose to just snack on berries.
Bergquist says if you do see a bear you should never approach it, and they will typically wander away.