VIDEO: Galloping bear captured on video Saturday northeast of East Grand Forks
Margaret Laumb and her daughter, Hannah, were on their way home from the barn where they stable their horses early Saturday afternoon when they saw what looked like a black Lab at first glance.
"Then it was wait, no—it's got a round butt," said Margaret, of Grand Forks.
The owner of that round butt was a small black bear galloping across the field north of East Grand Forks.
"I was like, 'Oh my God, Hannah, pull over,'" said Margaret, who shot video of the bear with her phone as Hannah pulled the car off the road. The bear was running diagonally from northeast to southwest across a field north of 150th Street Southwest, about a mile east of Northland Community and Technical College.
Laumb continued to shoot video of the bear as it disappeared into the treeline of the nearest farmstead.
East Grand Forks Police Chief Mike Hedlund said an officer who lives about a mile north of East Grand Forks also saw the bear Saturday. There were no other sightings reported, Hedlund said, adding he hopes it stays that way.
"They are fun to see but obviously stressful on them when they get into town and get confused," Hedlund said. "They are better off out in the country."
Laumb says the sighting was the first she recalls of a bear in the wild.
"It was pretty much the highlight of my day," she said. "I'm just glad we didn't see it when we were out riding the horses."
The Red River Valley isn't typical bear country, but the critters occasionally venture west. Typically, the bears are young males in search of new territory.