Bear shot out of season in Grand Marais
Every spring, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation
Officers receive calls reporting “nuisance bears.” Bears are
attracted to garbage left outside, to low hanging bird feeders or to
barbecue grills with food remnants. Sometimes homeowners take matters
into their own hands and shoot the offending bear—something that
occurred last week, according to DNR Conservation Officer Mary Manning.
CO Manning said she received a call of a bear found dead on a trail
just off of County Road 6 in Grand Marais. Investigation revealed it
had been shot, but Manning said it was not clear if it was shot in the
vicinity or had been shot farther away and dumped at the site.
No matter where or why it was shot, Manning said it was illegal. She said
neither she or the other conservation officers in Cook County had been
contacted about the shooting of a nuisance bear. Manning asks anyone
that may have information about a bear being shot out of season to
contact her at (218) 475-0121.