Vegetation scarcity bringing out bears in MinnesotaFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Lake home owners and anyone living in Minnesota cities be warned. It's likely you could see a bear out your window as we approach fall.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Lake home owners and anyone living in Minnesota cities be warned. It's likely you could see a bear out your window as we approach fall.
The wild vegetation is sparse this year and bears are on the hunt prompting a large spike in complaint calls.
We've seen it multiple times this summer. A bear in Glyndon, one roaming the shore of Pelican Lake and another found this bird feeder in a backyard.
Bear encounters are a common trend this summer and DNR officials because there's no food in the wild, it will continue.
Rob Naplin, DNR: "They'll go to anything if they find available food. Dog food, garbage, bird feeders."
Here's the fear this summer and would be the worst case scenario for wildlife officials. Our area turns into a place like Alaska where bears invade metro areas seen as easy pickings for the wild animals.
Naplin: "If they find food they're going to come back once they find a food source."
The bears pushing their natural boundary farther than ever before. The animal, known to be driven by its stomach, is popping up in agriculture country.
Naplin: "Is it a crazy thought that you could find a bear in the Eastern part of North Dakota eventually?
That's a possibility, it's not out of the realm of possibility. They do very well when they get out into that interspersed wood lots and ag areas. They do really well on ag crops as well, corn, soybeans, that kind of thing."
Naplin says bear numbers aren't up. Hunting season starts Friday and keeps it in check. But the fact they're seeing adult bears near people shows how rough the food supply is right now.
Minnesota has not had a bear attack in recent years and the bears are almost always scared of people and pets. If you do see one you’re told to not run and stay calm.