Bear Hit, Killed By Tractor In SE Minnesota

Minnesota DNR, Bear Hunting Magazine

A Southeastern Minnesota farmer heard a loud thud while combining in a cornfield and quickly realized he had hit and killed a black bear with his combine. The farmer and a friend who were in the combine's cab made sure the animal was dead before they climbed down and inspected it.

A Department of Natural Resources wildlife manager stated that black bears are rarely found in this area of Minnesota, but that male bears sometimes roam far in search of new territory and that it may have swam across the Mississippi River from Wisconsin, which has better bear habitat in that area.

The farmer received permission from the Minnesota DNR to claim the bear's meat and hide after reporting the accident to them.

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