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Bears Spotted Near Northern Minnesota School

The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office is asking residents of Clearbrook-Gonvick area to be on the lookout for black bears. The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office is asking residents of Clearbrook-Gonvick area to be on the lookout for black bears. |  Photo: Courtesy: Clearwater County Sheriff's Office

Updated: March 20, 2019 12:23 PM

CLEARBROOK, Minn. - There is a sure sign of spring in northwestern Minnesota. The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office is asking residents of Clearbrook-Gonvick area to be on the lookout for black bears.

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According to a post on their Facebook page, bears have been spotted near the intersection of the Clearwater Lake Road and 169th Ave. The intersection is in front of the Clearbrook-Gonvick School.

School officials are requesting parents do not allow children to walk to school until further notice.

A photo released by the sheriff’s office shows a black bear sitting in the snow at the intersection of Clearwater Lake Road.

According to the Minnesota DNR, black bears begin to come out of hibernation in March. They usually try to avoid people, but can come in contact with people while searching for food such as garbage cans and birdfeeders. 

Residents are asked to keep a safe distance from the bears. A mother bear will defend her cubs even if you mean no harm.

Clearwater County Sheriff's Deputies, the Clearbrook-Gonvick Police Department, and Officers from the Department of Natural Resources are aware of the bears and will be monitoring the situation.

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