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Forum News Service, Published March 30 2013

Sleepy black bear draws onlookers

DULUTH, Minn. – A drowsy black bear drew a steady stream of onlookers Saturday as it lounged and ambled in the woods along the Lakewalk in eastern Duluth.

The bear was a few dozen feet off the path. It reportedly had been in the area for at least a couple of days, and was lingering near a drainage culvert where it may have spent the winter.

The bear did not move much during the course of about 45 minutes early Saturday evening, leaning back against a tangle of branches and shrubs before slowly walking a few feet to the other side of the culvert. It paid little attention to barking dogs, or when a Duluth police officer sounded an air horn to try to encourage it to move along.

Walkers, runners and bikers out enjoying the sunny, balmy day stopped to watch. Onlookers stayed behind a chain-link fence that marks the edge of the Lakewalk.

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