Minnesota Man Hits Bear with Combine
Tom Wightman was combining his cornfield just south of Red Wing Minnesota with Darrell Breuer last week, when they heard a loud noise. The two got down from the cab to find quite a surprise according to the Pioneer Press.
"Holy cow! Is that what I think we're looking at?" Breuer recalled saying.
"We sat there on the platform and decided we weren't going down there until we were sure it was dead," Wightman said.
When they ventured down, the men realized the combine had killed a black bear.
Field-dressed, the boar later weighed 325 pounds on a farm scale, meaning it weighed close to 400 pounds when it was alive.
Perhaps even more unusual than the bear/combine collision is the location. Black bear are not common in south eastern Minnesota and this incident is probably another indication of black bears increasing their range.