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DROUGHT AND BLACK BEARS

How the Drought is 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 drought we're currently in is affecting the food that black bears usually eat, so they're going elsewhere for food.

According to Drought.gov, since 2000 the most intense period of drought occurred the week of August 17, 2021, where D4 affected 8.07% of Minnesota land.

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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.

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