Despite being shot by cop, black bear still on the loose in Savage [UPDATE]

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Image via Jessica Sepeda
A black bear crosses Highway 13 in Savage on Monday morning.
:::: UPDATE :::: City of Savage Police Chief Rodney Seurer tells us the bear is still on the loose and was spotted around 9 p.m. last night headed toward 141st Street and Princeton Avenue in a residential part of town.

(Original post -- May 29) The Savage Police Department is still hunting for a black bear that has been spotted a number of times around the northwestern part of town in the last week.

A cop actually shot the bear after it was spotted near the Town and Country Campground around 8:30 p.m. last Friday, but it escaped into the woods without being brought down.

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Asked how many times the bear was shot, Savage Police Chief Rodney Seurer tells us, "At least two or three."

While acknowledging the cop could've missed -- "it was close to dark," Seurer says -- when the bear was spotted crossing Highway 13 on Monday morning, witnesses said it was limping.

Seurer says the DNR advised the Savage PD to put the bear down, mainly because "bears and food near a residential area is not a good combo."

A news release issued by Savage police describes the bear as roughly two years old and 200 pounds.

"Although seeing a bear can be a memorable experience, people must always be cautious around them since they may react unpredictably," the release says. "Bears can become a nuisance when they visit homes, resorts, campgrounds and restaurants. When bears find a source of food, they will usually return regularly. Although some bears become used to people, they are still wild animals no matter how 'tame' they may appear."

Seurer says that while wild bears have been spotted in nearby towns like Burnsville and Shakopee -- home of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge -- he's not aware of a previous instance where one has been spotted in Savage.

Anyone who spots the bear is asked to call 911 immediately and report the animal's location and direction of travel.

DNR officials didn't return a voicemail seeking comment.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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127 comments
SirSwearsALot
SirSwearsALot

Tranquilizer dart, anyone? Why the fuck do they need to kill it?

Shawn Grythe
Shawn Grythe

My sister in law took this picture, I told her the bear was lucky it was her and not me, I would have hit that bear with my truck and been enjoying bear stew that night. P- people E- eating T- tasty A- animals

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

If this was a polar bear they would have definitely tranquilized him and relocated him, but no, its a "Black" bear, so its shoot first ask questions later.  

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Huh, I thought cops carried AR-15s around in the trunk of their cars, the NRA tells me its a great hunting gun. Why didn't this yahoo use that?

Alirox
Alirox

I shot a bear once. Wait - no - on second thought, it was my girlfriend.

robert.moffitt
robert.moffitt

Savage, Minnesota, the town that saves the eagles and slays the bears.

Sandy Wittenberg Benson
Sandy Wittenberg Benson

wtg savage pd! you shot a bear that wasn't harming anyone but now it's wounded and really a threat to the public.

Michael Marshall
Michael Marshall

WTF??? Why would we do that?! Just relocate the thing up north or something. Give me a fricken break.

Taylor Hulett
Taylor Hulett

So let me make something plain. I don't like you sucking around, bothering our citizens, Lebowski.

Dean P. Cummings
Dean P. Cummings

Bears just want love like anyone else. Marriage rights for bears!

Ben Davis
Ben Davis

"Savage cop shot the bear" indeed that cop is a savage

Ben Davis
Ben Davis

No, human beings are on the loose. Bears were there first. His home was probably disrupted by human activity so he moved on to savage.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

Here lies Rory Sheehy Walker : known for his razor sharp wit that no one gave two shits about so he just used jr high comebacks and then got eaten by a bear

Nanette Tyler
Nanette Tyler

Brandon Antonio Dominguez.....you are a dumb ass!!! Enough said!!

Brandon Antonio Dominguez
Brandon Antonio Dominguez

But you're right. I'm a cold hearted dumb ass. But I am glad that bear didn't hurt my pets or any children.

Brandon Antonio Dominguez
Brandon Antonio Dominguez

I only suggested that since the DNR ruled the bear to be a problem bear and the need for extermination apparently outweighs the need to try and relocate than they should be as humane as possible instead of using a police issue 9mm handgun to simply hurt the animal when the job could already be done and there wouldn't be extended suffering.

Edward Schmidt
Edward Schmidt

A young bear...he was hungry. Why not relocate him? The officer probably got scared and shot because he didn't know any better.

Mark Harvey
Mark Harvey

How bout next time the cops call the DNR to tranq it and move it back up north

JL Davenport
JL Davenport

Why did they shoot the bear...jeez freaking blood thirsty shoot first for everything dumb cops.

Turtl Ography
Turtl Ography

Eric Suchon did you even read the article? The bear is still capable of hurting someone and more likely to do so now that it is running around injured. The DNR told police to "put it down", so police shot it a few times and let it run away. When I go camping I don't expect anyone to come shoot any wildlife I might encounter.

diewieselbiegrande
diewieselbiegrande

this country has little to no compassion for animals, cops shoot family pets everyday, as if they think twice about a bear? The officer in question should be placed in a small cube van with the bear (post surgery after removal of the bullets) and see if he survives the trip to drop said bear off for rehabilitation.

Eric Suchon
Eric Suchon

And if the bear had hurt you or your family, the thing you'd be saying was "OMG WHY DIDN'T SOMEONE SHOOT THE BEAR INSTEAD OF LETTING THIS HAPPEN"

Keith Carlson
Keith Carlson

I love that the DNR used the phrase "...not a good combo. "

Cindy Petree
Cindy Petree

why shoot the poor thing,this is the time of year black bears and their babies separate hes just lost,he will find his way,if you dont bother them they wont bother you

Enid Lola Cherry Archer
Enid Lola Cherry Archer

What ever happened to tranquilizing and relocating!? Now this bear is suffering because you made an inhumane decision. I hope you're karma comes quick. Jerk(s).

Rick White
Rick White

Why did they shoot it and not call animal control? Tranquilizers exist, non lethal, and it would've worked better than injuring the bear.

Shawn Laughton
Shawn Laughton

That's just what we need a pissed off best runnin around

Jon Auger
Jon Auger

It didnt maul a kid but it might now csuse its wounded

Jon Auger
Jon Auger

Dunb ass tranq it and move it now its suffering prob used his handgun too

Turtl Ography
Turtl Ography

In order to protect and serve, somebody's gotta get served. Poor bear got served this time. Probably just because he's black. Savage PD... Serving up hot lead to protect commerce.

TB16
TB16

@henk.tobias0 The 5.56 might be good, but the 223 which the cops carry isn't going to bring down a 200 pound bear.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Makes perfect sense, right?

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Greasy bear meat would be more accurate. Delicious is a real stretch, but who knows maybe that Savage garbage is sweetening him up.

TB16
TB16

Or because that's what the DNR told him to do.

TB16
TB16

DNR told them to shoot it, The DNR aren't interested in tranquilizing it. Also you can't tranquilize a bear near a full campground as it might attack people by accident when it's drugged.


henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

They have a way of coming back. Also too, Minnesota has a pretty high bear population, chances are you'd be putting him right into the middle of some other bears territory, they don't take kindly to that. He'd be fighting for his life shortly after he woke up. There is no good solution to this kind of thing, but whatever they do they should do it humanely. Wounding him was a dumbass thing to do.

TB16
TB16

They called the DNR,


henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

I don't know, I think they'd have shot a polar bear too.

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