Temperatures climbed into the 80s across the Northland again on Tuesday, and humans weren’t the only ones seeking relief from the heat.
Tom Donaldson of Duluth spotted a bear along Chester Creek just below Skyline Parkway. Donaldson said he and his 4-year-old daughter were playing in a shallow pool along the creek when the bear walked down to the creek, took a drink and then laid down in the water.
Donaldson said other hikers who saw the well-fed bear said they thought it might be the same one that was photographed lounging in a kiddie pool in Duluth’s Congdon Park neighborhood last month; they recognized it by a notch missing from one of its ears, he said.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported this week that there have been more reports of bears in the Duluth area in recent days, perhaps in part because berries and other natural food sources are becoming scarcer as fall approaches.
The National Weather Service reported that the high temperature at the Duluth airport on Tuesday was 85 degrees — 12 degrees above normal, but short of the daily record which remains 94 degrees, set in 1947. It reached 87 degrees in Superior, and 83 degrees in Hibbing on gusty southerly winds.