Black Bear Census

1 decade 2 years 7 months ago Wednesday, June 20 2007 Jun 20, 2007 Wednesday, June 20, 2007 8:03:51 AM CDT June 20, 2007 in News
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SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Missouri conservation officers want to find out whether the bears that wander the Ozarks woods are native Missourians, or imports from Arkansas. This summer agents are setting out bait stations to attract black bears and placing strands of barbed wire nearby to snag fur samples. DNA tests on the bear hair will yield vital genetic data. Black bears are native to Missouri and Arkansas but were wiped out by the early 1900s. Arkansas imported bears from Minnesota in the 1950s to revive its population and now has about 3,500. Missouri's current population is estimated at 350.

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