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      Deer Lake Roadside Park reopens after bear issues

      The Michigan Department of Transportation has reopened the Deer Lake Roadside Park in Alger County as of 9 a.m. Friday.

      The park had been closed since Tuesday because of a nuisance bear in the area. Staff from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources attempted to trap and relocate the black bear that had reportedly been raiding garbage cans at the park. As of Friday morning, those attempts have been unsuccessful.

      The DNR will now request permission from local landowners to place the trap in a nearby location on private land, allowing the park to remain open. Residents experiencing trouble with nuisance bears on private property should contact the nearest DNR office for assistance.