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Police kill bear near downtown St. Paul

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Dec 19, 2011 at 7:54 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Police have shot and killed a bear that wandered into a neighborhood near downtown St. Paul.

St. Paul Police Department spokesman Howie Padilla says police received at least two calls about bear sightings in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday. He says officers shot the bear just before 8 p.m. Animal control officers took the bear's body away.

The area is south of Interstate 94 and east of downtown near the Mississippi River.

No people were hurt.

Police don't know how the bear got to St. Paul and haven't received any other recent reports of bear sightings in the city.

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