Black bears sightings are increasing around southern Minnesota, and a bear track was recently found in the Vernon Center area. The track was found along the Blue Earth River by State Representative Tony Cornish, who served as a game warden for 23 years. Cornish thinks the bear probably made its way all the way down here from the north country, skirting river bottoms and things, and says it’s a real rarity so he called the DNR and asked for their expert. A DNR large game specialist looked at pictures Cornish took of the track, and confirmed that it was left by a black bear. Wildlife officials say that black bears are usually wary of humans and not aggressive, but people who come across a bear in the wild are advised to make a lot of noise to scare it away. Do not try to surprise it or approach it to take pictures.