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Drowsy bear draws a crowd along Duluth Lakewalk

A drowsy black bear drew a steady stream of onlookers as it lounged and ambled in the woods along the Lakewalk in eastern Duluth on Saturday. The bear was a few dozen feet off the path near 36th Avenue East, uphill from London Road.

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A black bear looks out at the crowd of onlookers watching it from along the Duluth Lakewalk on Saturday, March 30, 2013. (Andrew Krueger / akrueger@duluthnews.com)

A drowsy black bear drew a steady stream of onlookers as it lounged and ambled in the woods along the Lakewalk in eastern Duluth on Saturday.

The bear was a few dozen feet off the path near 36th Avenue East, uphill from London Road. It reportedly had been in the area for at least a couple of days, and was lingering near a drainage culvert where it may have spent the winter.

The bear did not move much during the course of about 45 minutes early Saturday evening, leaning back against a tangle of branches and shrubs before slowly walking a few feet to the other side of the culvert. It paid little attention to barking dogs, or when a Duluth police officer sounded an air horn to try to encourage it to move along.

Walkers, runners and bikers out enjoying the sunny, balmy day stopped to watch. Onlookers stayed behind a chain-link fence that marks the edge of the Lakewalk.

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