“Don’t feed — or pet — the bears.” 

That’s the message from Pelican Rapids Police Chief Jeff Stadum.  Another flurry of bear sightings was reported June 4, south and west of town.  Wayne Woolever took the above photo as the bear lumbered across Clarence Peterson’s field, south of town along Highway 59. 

Chief Stadum also received the photo at left, from another area resident. Stadum estimated the animal at about 300 pounds. Black bear attacks are very rare, but Chief Stadum alerted area residents to stay clear if a bear comes near.