Tami Teague of Brainerd wrote to us to share the following nature story and video.

On Sunday afternoon (May 26) my boyfriend Todd and I, his mother (Sharon) along with our 3 small dogs were on the Mississippi River on Todd's pontoon coming back from an afternoon cruising the river to our place on Rice Lake in Brainerd.

We saw off in the distance another boat slowly moving alongside something in the water - we thought it may have been their dog. The closer we got we realized it was a black bear, and It was trying to swim across to the other side of the river.

This was a very exciting thing to witness since I’ve never seen a black bear in nature this close.

One of our dogs started to bark at it, so we decided we had better get going. I looked back at it and it was 3/4 of the way across the river.

Video shot by Tami Teague.