DNR explains why it recommends Savage black bear be shot, not tranquilized

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Black bear cubs singing the blues.
:::: UPDATE :::: Injured Savage bear touring the Twin Cities, spotted in Woodbury and Eagan [PHOTO]

In response to our story about the poor black bear that has been limping around the city of Savage since a police officer opened fire on it more than a week ago, many readers have wondered why the DNR would recommend the bear be shot and possibly killed rather than tranquilized and moved to another location.

Turns out there's a whole bunch of reasons why. Are they good ones? Judge for yourself.

See also:
Grand Rapids police chase cute black bear cub [PHOTO]

Here's how a DNR official responded to an email asking why tranquilization isn't the preferred option:
Tranquilizing is a method with a lot of down sides.

To keep people safe, the DNR does not typically tranquilize nuisance animals.

The meat from a tranquilized bear is NOT consumable so it cannot be donated to the needy. Also, releasing a bear that has been tranquilized could result in human consumption at a later date.

Approximately 50-60 percent of tranquilized bears die from stress.

Bears that are tranquilized and moved may return and cause further problems.

There's the risk the bear will be friendly to people thus moving the safety concern to another location. Also, if a tranquilized bear climbs a tree it could fall, causing injury or death to the animal or anyone nearby.

Transporting the animal to another location can also create problems for the driver of the transporting vehicle. If the bear tries to escape the cage the constant shifting of weight can cause the driver to possibly lose control of the vehicle.

The state's bear population remains between 20,000 and 30,000, and is considered stable.
Indeed, Minnesota's bear population is stable enough for the DNR to allow some lottery-based bear hunting each year (2,500 to 3,000 animals are killed annually), with some of the resulting bear meat being processed by local companies.

So, if you're reading this, be wary, Savage black bear. The next human you see could very well be your last.

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


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Matt Weldon
Matt Weldon

disgusting bear hunting and wolf hunting in this state

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

If you're going to shoot the bear, then shoot and kill it, don't just wound it. 

Learn to shoot. 

Dean P. Cummings
Dean P. Cummings

If President Obama had a bear it would look like this one.

Steven Palacios
Steven Palacios

Tranquilizing has a downside? How bout not dying and living? Death is a pretty freaking big downside if you ask me.

Ted Parvu
Ted Parvu

Well, I am all too familiar with the MN DNR's stance on "nuisance bears". Dogs are significantly more dangerous to humans than bears are. Dogs are the only animals I have had to shoot in self defense. Although, I don't care for facing down a cougar, but I haven't had to shoot one. The bottom line, is they have just as much right to be here as we do and we should really try and get along and learn to share. Bears are scavengers and foragers, it is what they do. You can put up electric fences, bear proof your garbage and bird feeders. Around here the Ravens are probably the most troublesome. But I don't start shooting them when they get into the garbage. I figure it is my own fault. You can't really relocate any animal. Imagine living your whole life in one particular place, and suddenly you black out and wake up someplace strange. Would you try and get back home? Tranquilizing is very dangerous. Anesthesia is often the most dangerous part of surgery. It kills me when I see biologists stick a bear, take measurements, and put them back in their den with their cubs. How many never wake up? How many cubs starve next to their dead mother? Moose are by far the most dangerous animal in these parts, except maybe the occasional cougar. And that is just because they are on the top of the food chain, so everything is fair game to them. But I am sure they prefer venison to human any day. I am far more worried about the humans I come across in the wilds than anything else. It might be reckless, but I have walked right up to wolves and never had a problem. What it really comes down to is this; Do you believe humans have the right to do as they please and the rest of life be damned or is all life is sacred? Your choice, just remember what goes around comes around...

jruha
jruha

"Why should Man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by what is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?" -- Pierre Troubetzkoy

Matt Connell
Matt Connell

Yes. God forbid we have to live amongst actual wildlife.

Bec Salmonson
Bec Salmonson

Lame excuses in the article. Whoever shot the bear needs practice time. You are now sending this injured animal around the town hurt and causing an infection. If it wasnt bothering anyone before, it may now that it is hurting. I think you just don't want to deal with it and killing (which you fail attempt) is an easy answer (cause we already have 20-30000).

Callie Przywojski
Callie Przywojski

Couple of things: 1. I said that bears were no more dangerous than moose. Not that neither of them weren't dangerous. 2. Arbitrarily shooting this bear has actually already occurred. I refer you to both my comments for more info and give you props for correctly spelling my last name.

Jeanne Vrem
Jeanne Vrem

DNR used to give captured cubs to be raised to adulthood to do survey practice on at mayo and I am sure other facilities as the muscular system is close to that of humans I have heard

Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

Callie Przywojski, black bears do attack humans and so do moose. No one is proposing to arbitrarily shoot animals. You are incredibly misinformed.

Anna Gonzalez
Anna Gonzalez

Well shooting a bear and letting it roam around residential area wounded seems like the most humane safe way to deal with a bear...

Tina Michalski
Tina Michalski

Bird seed is like crack for bears. That's why feeders should be brought in at night.

Tina Michalski
Tina Michalski

I live in "bear country" , Spooner,Wi. Just had a bear pass through my backyard a few days ago. We put our feeders away at night and trash cans go out at time of garbage pick up. The neighbors dog actually treed the young bear. It didn't attempt to hurt the dog or fight it just climbed up the tree. It came down when the dog left and went on its way. Our DNR have the round bear traps.

Callie Przywojski
Callie Przywojski

I'm a former Rocky Mountain National Park naturalist with a degree in environmental biology, although neither of those facts proves or disproves my argument. Getting a tight-fitting garbage lid addresses the food source issue as most black bears scavenge garbages for food in suburban or urban areas. I'm not sure how many resources spent on "bear monitoring" would really be needed, but I'll willing to kick in for it if it means we don't arbitrarily kill animals. As for comparing moose to bears, both are MN animals found in the Northern parts of the state that I consider equally "dangerous." When I lived in Colorado, our Mayor was mauled to death by a wounded moose. Any other questions?

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

"Nuisance animals"... The only "nuisance animals" I have ever heard of are humans. We are the worst.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

You're making it sound like these are hunters in the woods after a Black Bear, rather than a Black Bear that is continually wandering through suburbia. Besides the reasons (all listed in this article) the reason listed in the original article is: "When bears find a source of food, they will usually return regularly." (That also means more time and resources spent on bear-monitoring). I'm not sure if you're an expert on Black Bears, but I'm more inclined to believe the Minnesota DNR on this one. Especially when you're comparing Moose to Bears.

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

I disagree with shooting black bears too, but Lynn Rogers is a quack.

Rosa Rosa
Rosa Rosa

I'd rather see a bear than many folks roaming freely in Mpls.

Rosa Rosa
Rosa Rosa

Jennifer Synnes ^^^ Ted Parvu ^^^

Marlena Joy
Marlena Joy

Well, there are a lot of PEOPLE walking around my city that I would like shoot till dead because I feel they 'might' be dangerous and cause me harm. So can I do that and get away with and the DNR's reasoning for it? Or can I tranq them and relocate them back to the South?

Tina Michalski
Tina Michalski

Dr Rogers, Ely, Mn has studied black bears for many years. I disagree with shooting a "nuissance" bear.

Callie Przywojski
Callie Przywojski

Here's an idea: let's not arbitrarily shoot animals. Instead, let's try and coexist peacefully. People in Colorado, Alaska, etc coexist with bear with few problems. Why is it that in MN, we see one and our immediate response is to kill it? Black bear are not grizzlies. They are scavengers. They are no more dangerous than moose. Get a garbage can with a tight-fitting lid, don't feed wildlife, try and remember that we have no more claim to live here than other animals. FFS.

OlWillyClinton
OlWillyClinton

I love City Pages. I really do. But it's articles like this that I really dislike. Why can't you just present the facts without being so blatantly biased? 

callie.przywojski
callie.przywojski

Stories like this make me so angry. As a former naturalist from Rocky Mountain National Park, I can tell you with no hesitation that people and wildlife can coexist peacefully. There's NO REASON to SHOOT a bear simply for BEING A BEAR. FFS.

TB16
TB16

@TheConservativeJerk With a 9mm or 223? your going to need a pretty good shooter to kill it, at least 9 to 10 good placed shots on a moving target. Not easy. Simple fact is that they don't have the right tools to bring him down.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

If you had a brain you might not make such stupid comments. 

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0

And what have the "done" to Mille Lacs besides keep beer guzzling yahoos from fishing it out?


I do agree though, allowing the wolf hunt to go through and go on is idiotic.

_Joe_
_Joe_

Savage is the city genius.

CreepedOut
CreepedOut

Whoa. Seriously? You want to SHOOT humans that look dangerous? Can we contact the proper authorities here? This seems like a pretty big red flag of someone possibly unstable...

_Joe_
_Joe_

If a bear wants what's inside your garbage can, a "tight fitting lid" is not going to stop him.  Unless of course your garbage can is made of steel perhaps?

_Joe_
_Joe_

@TB16 

Well... you might be exaggerating a little bit there.  But I agree.  You shouldn't be shooting at large game animals with a pop--gun.

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