Bear in Burning Tree

A bear wanders into the Burning Tree Plaza shopping center on Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Duluth. (Stephanie Severin / for the News Tribune)

While a marathon was going on Saturday morning near Lake Superior, a “bear”-a-thon — we couldn’t resist — was happening over the hill.

Reader Stephanie Severin snapped some photos of a black bear inside the Burning Tree Plaza in Duluth about 8:35 a.m. She said there weren’t many people around at the time — just some students at Regency Beauty Institute — so the bear didn’t cause problems.

Authorities were called to keep an eye on it, and the bear wandered out toward Maple Grove Road.