black bears

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Cat Island, part of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore, is a great place for people to vacation.

Trouble is, it's a lousy place for bears to make a living.

This time of year,  mother bears start kicking out their adult offpsring.  And like slacker children everywhere, young bears are looking for a maximum reward for minimal effort.

In two words: camp food.

You can find more information about the status of the Cat Island Campground here

MN DNR

The Chippewa National Forest has changed substantially in the last 30 years or so.  Its composition is different; more maple and less food available in the understory.

Now, armed with baseline data from the '80s, MN DNR biologists are taking to the woods between Grand Rapids and Bigfork to see how these changes are affecting black bears.