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This black bear, which has been seen numerous times in the Melrude area this year, is believed to be the one that Mason Cavanaugh encountered recently. (Photo by Joel Musburger)

Minnesota man comes face-to-face with black bear

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Mason Cavanaugh of Melrude kept his cool while an inquisitive black bear checked him out on a recent evening.

At first, Mason Cavanaugh thought the irritation on the back of his neck was another mosquito. The bugs had been bad that evening.

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But when he reached around to slap the offender, he realized it was something else entirely.

"I felt something wet and furry," said Cavanaugh, 20, who lives with his parents in Melrude, just north of Cotton.

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