Plainview, MN (KROC-AM News)- Authorities in Wabasha County are warning community members to be on the lookout after a bear sighting. 

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The black bear was reportedly spotted on Thursday. The sighting comes on the heels of a bear being spotted in northwest Rochester and the report of a bear attack that injured a woman in the Brainerd Lakes area last weekend. 

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The Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office says the black bear was seen near the Plainview Golf Course. Authorities said Thursday evening that it appears the animal has left the area. 

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The warning asks people to avoid the animal if he comes back. The sheriff’s office is also asking residents of Plainview to monitor their trash cans, outdoor pets and to make sure their property is as clean as possible.

Officials ask anyone who may encounter the bear to let him be and to make loud noises to get him to move on. The Minnesota DNR says the best way to avoid attracting bears is to remove sources of food, including birdfeeders, feeding pets indoors, storing trash in bear-proof containers, and keeping grills clean.

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