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Bear spotted in Cottage Grove

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Cliff Ratzlaff had never before seen a bear in the area -- but now, three times in the past two weeks, the Cottage Grove man has spied a black bear on his father's Lamar Avenue farm.

The latest sighting came shortly before midnight on Oct. 7, captured on the hunting camera Ratzlaff has installed on the farm. Roughly 24 hours earlier the bear was spotted by the same device, and the week before, Ratzlaff says, he saw the bear with his own eyes.

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