Sightings of black bears in southeastern Minnesota have been on the rise this summer.
Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Supervisor Don Nelson told the Rochester Post-Bulletin sightings have been reported recently in Houston and Fillmore counties. Other sightings have been reported between Cannon Falls and Red Wing and even in the Lake City area in Wabasha County.
The bears are believed to be young males moving around looking for mates.
The DNR says black bears in Minnesota rarely attack humans unless they happen to get between a mother and her cubs.
The DNR advises citizens to keep bird seed and cat and dog food where the bears cannot get to them.