DROUGHT AND BLACK BEARS
How Drought May Be Affecting Black Bears
There's actually a good explanation as to why we are much more likely to see black bears out and about in populated areas this summer. That's because the dry conditions we're currently experiencing is affecting the food that black bears usually eat, so they're going elsewhere for food.
Drought in Minnesota from 2000–Present
The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1–D4) in Minnesota lasted 146 weeks beginning on August 30, 2011, and ending on June 10, 2014. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of August 17, 2021, where D4 affected 8.07% of Minnesota land.