Increased human-bear interactions prompt order


August 6, 2021

John Dahlman

A bear takes a break to scratch his back Saturday near the home of Floodwood photographer John Dahlman. Bears have been a common sight in and around Carlton County this summer as they expand their range, looking for food that has been scarce due to the ongoing drought.

Visitors to the Superior National Forest, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Area, will need to store food properly to help protect wild bears and humans. This food storage order is the result of increases in human-bear interactions with negative outcomes.

Superior National Forest wildlife biologist Cheron Ferland said a new bear action plan implemented this year, easing how bear sightings can be reported, has likely led to more eyewitness sightings "but this by itself doesn't account for the increase. It's also because there are more visitors on the landscape and the fac...

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