Andy Tri is a bear biologist with the Minnesota DNR.  We caught up with him this morning and talked about dens, cubs, what's happening with bears now, what to do if you accidentally flush a bear off a nest, and what happens when bear cubs are orphaned. 

This past fall, several bears denned in cornfields left standing because of a particularly wet season.  Farmers are connecting with local conservation officers to handle the situation when they come across a den.  Andy told us about that process as well.  

Grant Frashier

Close to Home visited the North American Bear Center in Ely.

On the Friday morning show we get a chance to talk with Marshall Helmberger.  This week Marshall talked with Scott Hall about the news pertaining to the Polymet Project - proposed copper nickel mining near Hoyt Lakes.  We also heard about the ongoing controversy with the Tower City Council City Clerk-Treasurer and a bear story.  KAXE/KBXE is member supported community radio - thanks for listening!

You're not going to want to miss this interview with renowned DNR bear researcher Dave Garshelis.  He was in today to tell us what they've found out since the highly unusual bear attack in December in Isabella, MN.  Bill Vagts saved his corgi from the bear and got bit, then the bear moved on to a construction site.  The DNR has done extensive studies on the condition of the bear, what was going on at the time of the

On the Friday morning show this week Marshall from the Timberjay helps us understand the process of permitting for copper nickel mining by Polymet, more on Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the musical chairs it will cause in th MN Legislature and a story of a bear attack.  We also talked with Bill Vagts later in our show about saving his corgi from a black bear in Isabella, mn.

John Bauer and Heidi Holtan were  lucky to have a conversation today with Bill Vagts from Isabella today about the harrowing story of saving his 30 lb dog from a black bear. 


This morning Karen Noyce sat in on A Talk On the Wild Side and helped us understand bears more.