MILLVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) -- There's no question the number of black bear sightings are up this year in our region this year. On Tuesday one Millville family saw one as it got a little too close for comfort.
At 11 p.m. Tuesday a black bear was seen on the Greer family's back porch.
Worried out it's presence the home owner called his uncle over to take care of it.
"It looked like a big moving shadow," said the home owner Tony Greer. Greer was surprised when a black bear welcomed himself onto his own patio. "He actually went up in our tree fort that our son had made. Didn't act like he wanted to leave. Came back down, jumped out of the tree, and came back down to the deck."
Greer quickly called his uncle next door.
"I thought he was full of it! Bear? In Millville," said Jim Wadley. However Wadley quickly changed his tune. "Yeah after you could hear the kids in the background screaming and everything."
Grabbing his rifle, Wadley drove over to see what the commotion was about. "I walked over here and come up the driveway a little bit. And there it was... half way on the deck," he said.
It was clear to Wadley the bear wasn't going to leave even after trying to scare it off.
That's when he fire his shot.
"The DNR said it was justifiable. We called the sheriff's department right afterward, Tony (Greer) did, right after it happened."
From there, the DNR officer acknowledged the bear was considered to be a pest. Meaning both the landowner and the shooter cannot take the bear. Wadley says he plans to donate the meat to a fundraiser and donate the bearskin to the Millville legion.
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