About a week ago, right about the time we started hearing and seeing reports of bears here in the St. Cloud area, an Isanti County Deputy had a run-in with a bear cub, while patrolling along Highway 65. The deputy did the right thing, in moving the cub away from the road, but by doing so he was tempting fate.

Tonight Deputy Kosmosky, with the help of a good Samaritan in Stanchfield Township, saved this youngster from traffic on Highway 65. The Cub was relocated to a wooded area away from the highway where its mother and another Cub promptly joined it.
Though this incident ended positively, we do not recommend our residents handle wild animals.
Bear sightings continue to occur across the county and in the city of Cambridge. We still encourage residents to bring in bird feeders and keep trash contained and off the curb until garbage day.

The Sheriff's Office posted the pictures of the deputy and cub on the evening of April 7th.

If you are somewhat familiar with bears, you'd know that if you spot a bear cub out, there's a pretty good chance the mother isn't too far away.

Knowing that fact this deputy is one brave dude!

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On top of knowing that Mama Bear is possibly nearby watching, it turns out that shortly after being moved off the road, the cub was joined by its mother and another cub!

If you encounter a bear, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources states you should:

  • Do not panic. Stop what you are doing and evaluate the situation.
  • Make your presence known by speaking in a calm tone. Don’t startle the bear.
  • Alter your route or back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came.
  • Walk, do not run, and keep your eye on the bear so you can see how it reacts. In most cases, the bear will flee.
  • If the bear walks toward you, act boldly, yelling and throwing something at it. Do not climb a tree.

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