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Black bears move into St. Croix County

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With ravaged bird feeders, upside-down garbage cans and raided vegetable gardens, residents of St. Croix County have noticed an increased presence of black bears in the area.

Indeed, the state's black bear population has tripled over the last 20 years. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, there were about 9,000 black bears in Wisconsin in 1989, and by 2008, the population had grown to between 26,000 and 40,000 bears.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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