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Photos: Bear research in northwestern Minnesota

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Hiking out to bear dens
Researchers, university students and other interested persons begin a roughly 1-mile hike into the woods to check on a female bear and her cubs on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in northwest Minnesota. The outing is part of an ongoing research project to assess the movement and food preferences of black bears.
MPR Photo/Ann Arbor Miller

Minnesota black bears are on the move in northwest Minnesota.  Bears are expanding their range out of forested areas, into farmland. Researchers are trying to learn more about how and why these bears are adapting to a new habitat where bears traditionally did not live.