(New Ulm, MN) – A seventh Brown County bear sighting has been reported on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Bear Sighting tracking map.
The DNR has confirmed that the bear was reportedly seen within New Ulm city limits, on South Payne Street between 9th and 10th south streets Sunday afternoon.
Another sighting was reported Monday around 8:45 – 9 p.m. when a bear was spotted in Nicollet County off Highway 14 between Courtland and Nicollet around 503rd Avenue.
The 27-year-old New Ulm man who reported the sighting preferred not to be identified, but said he was driving west from Nicollet when he saw the bear cross the highway. “He came walking across the road and went into the road ditch, and I just pulled over and took a video of him.”
The man said seeing the bear was a “pleasant surprise,” but he’d known there were bears in the area so he wasn’t shocked.
The frequent reports, says Andrew Tri, with the DNR Bear Research project doesn’t mean there aren’t as many bears as the map may make it seem:
“One difficulty with tools like this is that it can give the impression that bear range has expanded drastically south and west. Looking at the cloud of reports, it can look as though there is a deluge of animals, flooding the area. It is more likely people are repeatedly seeing the same small number of bears.”
Tri says that bears, particularly males, move large distances each day – up to 10 to 20 miles.
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