Hunters participating in Minnesota's bear season are reminded to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears, which are marked with large colorful ear tags or colorful streamers.
Hunters are likely to find collared bears in and near Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area; the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge; the Chippewa National Forest; Camp Ripley; the Cloquet Forestry Station; Voyageurs National Park; and northern St. Louis County between Ely and Tower near the Eagles Nest chain of lakes.
Although it is legal to shoot collared bears, hunters are asked not to do so. It is difficult or impossible to replace some of these research animals, and the data they provide, especially during the fall, is invaluable to bear management.
Photos of some collared research bears are available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website at www.mndnr.gov/bear. Any hunters who do shoot collared bears should call the DNR Wildlife Research Office in Grand Rapids at 218-327-4146 or 218-327-4133.