The bear, which dug its den under the Anderson family’s Duluth front yard sometime in November, hasn’t been seen since the season’s first big snowfall Dec. 5.
Before that, the bear had been making nightly excursions to neighbors’ garbage cans, gardens and front steps to find trash, pumpkins and anything else edible.
Jeanette Anderson received some help from independent bear researcher Lynn Rogers, of Ely, Minnesota, who set up two trail cameras near the entrance to the den just before the bear decided to stay underground.
The cameras captured the bear emerging from the den for just a few minutes on one night.
“It’s as if he came up and knew something was different with the cameras flashing and then decided to go back down and stay,” Anderson said. “There haven’t been any tracks in the snow.”
Most northern Minnesota bears go into hibernation by mid-October, with some as early as September and maybe a few as late as November. But Martha Minchak, assistant area wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said Duluth bears, maybe