Duluth Police never know what the next call will be.  On Tuesday, they received word that a mama bear was having a hard time crossing Grand Avenue with her cubs.

Needless to say, Duluth Police were up to the challenge as their Facebook video below proves.

Bears are out of hibernation and looking for food.  The Minnesota DNR has tips you can follow to help avoid bear conflicts near your home:

  • Any time you feed birds, you risk attracting bears. Avoid feeding birds from April 1 to Nov. 15.
  • If you still wish to feed birds, hang birdfeeders 10 feet up and 4 feet out from the nearest trees. Use a rope and pulley system to refill birdfeeders, and clean up spilled seeds.
  • Do not put out feed for wildlife (like corn, oats, pellets or molasses blocks).
  • Replace hummingbird feeders with hanging flower baskets, which are also attractive to hummingbirds.
  • Do not leave food from barbeques and picnics outdoors, especially overnight. Standard coolers are not bear-proof.
  • Clean and store barbeque grills after each use. Store them in a secure shed or garage away from windows and doors.
  • Elevate bee hives on bear-proof platforms or erect properly designed electric fences.
  • Pick any fruit left on trees from last fall and collect any fallen fruit promptly.
  • Cover all compost material added during the winter by turning the piles or covering with leaves, shavings, manure or other compostable material. If you compost household food scraps, consider securing it with an electric fence.
  • Harvest garden produce as it matures. Locate gardens away from forests and shrubs that bears may use for cover.
  • Use native plants in landscaping whenever possible.
  • Store pet food inside and feed pets inside. If pets must be fed outdoors, feed them only as much as they will eat.
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