Multiple sightings of a bear in the Cannon Falls area were reported from June 22 to June 24.
The black bear, believed to be a male, was apparently roaming through on a line heading south and west.
John and Jane Otto, who live on 140th Avenue Way in Welch Township, east of Miesville, saw the bear on Saturday afternoon, June 25. John said it must have smelled some old rotten corn and stood up on an old deer feeder at the edge of his woods. He guesses the bear was seven feet high. He measured a paw print at over four inches.
Jane said neighbors east of them had seen a lone bear of the similar size earlier on Saturday on County 7, north of and coming out of Welch. Jane said other neighbors to the west of them saw the bear later on Saturday, closer to the Gopher Hills golf course, near Orlando Trail.
Linda Schwamb, who lives in the ravine near Trout Brook south of Miesville off Miesville Trail had a close encounter with a lone bear early on Monday, June 29 as she got ready to go to work at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Cannon Falls. The bear came right on her porch where she feeds some pets and she watched it sniff around her grill.
Ronald and Kathy Hall saw the bear in their yard on Hwy. 19 east of County 8 around 6 p.m. on Monday. The bear was looking for food around their bird feeders. Their location is south across the river from the Miesville Ravine/Trout Brook area.
Bev Adelmann was out for a walk not far from her Clark Valley home when saw the bear along County Road 8. She said the bear headed off into the woods by Larry Bickman's.
Dave Rorvig saw the bear Tuesday morning in his yard near Skunk Hollow and Hwy. 52, again apparently roaming south and west. The bear had pulled down his bird feeders. Rorvig works shifts at Invenergy and left for the day after grabbing a nice video. He returned home and found his recycling bins had been rummaged through.
DNR officers say bears will roam along wooded areas near rivers this time of year. High waters and a late berry season may have sent this bear on a path a little farther south and west than usually reported. The DNR says bears can become a nuisance when in search of food. The DNR says to keep food sources out of smell and reach and to use caution around all wild animals.