Number of bear sightings up in Ramsey

Some unusual visitors are roaming the neighborhoods of Ramsey – bears.

After spotting Ramsey resident Jan Petersen in the window, this bear got curious and had to check things out. As the bear moved toward the window, Petersen moved away from the window. Photo by Jan Petersen.

After spotting Ramsey resident Jan Petersen in the window, this bear got curious and had to check things out. As the bear moved toward the window, Petersen moved away from the window. Photo by Jan Petersen.

There have more than 15 sightings of bears over the last two weeks, said Police Chief Jim Way.

With a plentiful food supply in their normal habitat, it is likely the high water along the rivers is pushing the bears to dryer areas, he said.

Bears, including at least one cub, have been spotted near the Armstrong Boulevard and 167th Lane area of town as well as near Elmcrest Park, off Highway 47.

Bears have been spotted raiding bird feeders and garbage cans.

As they like bird seed, raising the bird feeds higher will make it more difficult for the bears to get at, Way said.

He also recommended residents secure their garbage cans or put them in the garage, said Way.

For residents who spot a bear while out using the city trails, Way recommends slowly backing away and not engaging them.

So far, there have been no confrontations between the bears and the residents, including children, Way said.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com


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