More Black Bears In Missouri

1 decade 11 months 4 days ago Monday, July 16 2007 Jul 16, 2007 Monday, July 16, 2007 2:16:48 AM CDT July 16, 2007 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Black bear sightings are becoming more common in Missouri. And biologists wonder if the animals are growing in number in the state. Dave Hamilton is a biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. He says the rate that the bears expand in population probably will depend on how much people tolerate them. Missouri has 300 to 500 wild bears. Hamilton says most are found far south and east of Kansas City. This summer, University of Missouri researchers started a pilot study in the Ozarks. Their goal is to gather better data on bears. Missouri's bears migrated from an Arkansas restocking program that started in the late 1950s. In the Kansas City region, the bears mostly were wiped out by hunting and habitat loss before 1900.

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