St. Paul sports bar plans black bear roast

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A St. Paul sports bar owner is showing his support for the Green Bay Packers in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears in a very literal way — with a bear roast.

The co-owner of Tiffany Sports Lounge, Blake Montpetit, says he plans to cook a 180-pound black bear Sunday in a pig-roaster over hickory and charcoal. He says his cousin shot it in northern Wisconsin during bear hunting season, which runs in September and October, and then froze it.

Montpetit says he planned to serve the meat to customers, but the state health department rejected the plan because the meat is unprocessed. Instead, customers can take photos with the roasting bear.

After the game, the meat will go his cousin's party in Somerset, Wis.