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Bear spotted south of Hastings

A Hastings area resident took this photo of a bear exploring his driveway about eight miles south of Hastings. Submitted photo

A Hastings area resident found a bear exploring his driveway recently. The resident took a photo of the bear, which was seen about eight miles south of Hastings, near 220th Street and Kirby Avenue.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website, black bears are common in the northern parts of the state and will eat anything that appears to be food. When the bears' natural foods (nuts, meat berries, insects and tender vegetation) are scarce, bears are more likely to come in contact with people as they search for food. They will usually return regularly to a food source.

"Most bears are wary of people and will usually leave when encountered," the website reads. "... Bears can become a nuisance when they visit homes, resorts, campgrounds and restaurants. Although some bears become used to people, they are still wild animals no matter how 'tame' they may appear. People must always be cautious around bears since they may react unpredictably."

For more information on bears, go to www.dnr.state.mn.us.

Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the bear was in Ravenna Township.

Katrina Styx

Katrina Styx started working at the Hastings Star Gazette 2010 as a reporter. She became the editor in 2016. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.

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