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Kurt Dame, left, of Shevlin, watches as DNR specialist Karen Noyce draws a blood sample from one of three bear clubs that were pulled from a den north of Pinewood Thursday afternoon. A Bemidji High School class in environmental studies assisted in the tagging and other tests on the cubs before they were returned into their den. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Outdoor classroom: Students experience DNR bear field research

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PINEWOOD -- Mother bear 4003 and her three yearling cubs became teachers for a day Thursday for students in the Bemidji High School environmental science class.

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The students' regular teacher, Kristina VanWilgen-Hammitt, said she connected with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources bear study through Science Education Partnership for Greater Minnesota.

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