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Authorities kill black bear that 'posed an immediate safety threat' in St. Paul

North St. Paul police posted this photo of a young black bear before it was fatally shot by a state conservation officer on Thursday, April 25. Courtesy of North St. Paul Police Department

A state conservation officer shot and killed a young black bear in North St. Paul on Thursday, April 25, with the agency stating the bear “posed an immediate safety threat.”

The male bear was estimated to be 2 years old, weighing about 110 to 120 pounds, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

“The bear carcass will be processed and the meat will be distributed to people in need of food,” said a statement from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

As to the safety threat, the DNR cited all the nearby homes and roads, and added that it was unlikely the bear would have been able to get to a “more suitable habitat.”

The bear was reported by a homeowner in the 2700 block of Apache Road about 6:45 a.m. It remained sitting in a tree until DNR officials killed it around 3:15 p.m., according to North St. Paul Police Chief Tom Lauth.

The state agency said it has a policy against tranquilizing or relocating bears.

“Relocated bears seldom remain where they are released,” the statement said.

DNR officials urged residents to clean up or remove bird feeders, garbage and compost bins to reduce bear interest.