Bear spotted near University of St. Thomas Sunday morning

A jogger saw a young black bear walking near the Mississippi River Sunday morning near the St. Thomas University campus, according to a Tweet by the school’s public safety office.

This morning, officers were flagged down on Mississippi River Blvd. A jogger reported seeing a young adult black bear walking near the river to the west of the road.

While it is rare, if you encounter a bear near campus, follow these tips from the @mndnr:

— UST Public Safety (@PublicSafetyUST) August 9, 2020

The Tweet referred people to the state department of natural resource’s page, which gave tips and the following statement:

“Knowing how to behave when encountering bears and how rare bear attacks actually are can keep you safe and provide peace-of-mind. Although bears are large and powerful animals, a wild Minnesota black bear is normally shy and scared of people – even bears that are two to three times heavier than an average person.”

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