Black bears move into St. Croix County
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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