Bear news elsewhere

It’s good to know that wild animal sightings make the news in places other than Duluth.

A black bear made the news in Cottage Grove, Minn., when it was spotted multiple times early Wednesday in the Twins Cities suburb, first in a residential neighborhood, then in a park and later along Highway 61.

A resident called police about 12:30 a.m. after seeing a bear in a backyard.

A police officer found the bear and watched it make its way through multiple yards, according to the police report.

Police contacted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which advised monitoring the animal and letting it wander until it returns to a nonresidential area.

Emergency dispatch received two more reported sightings, one from a caller who spotted a bear in Hearthside Park and another from someone who saw it behind a restaurant.

Then, about 8:40 a.m. a caller reported seeing a bear near a guardrail along Highway 61 in St. Paul Park.

DNR officials told police that as long as it wasn’t creating a hazard or safety concern, they should let it wander back into a rural area.