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Published on Oct 29, 2010
Black bears are the most common of the three bear species found in North America and they're expanding their range back into Missouri. Once native to the state, black bears were virtually wiped-out by the early 1900s, due to over-harvest and habitat destruction. But successful restoration efforts in Arkansas may now be spilling over into Missouri. Black bear sightings in southern and central portions of the state in recent years are encouraging signs that the black bear may once again call Missouri home.
Missouri's black bear population, estimated at a few hundred, likely grew out of restoration efforts in Arkansas. Their natural fear of humans keeps most bears out of trouble with humans. Most problems occur when bears learn to associate people with easily-obtained food, such as pet food or garbage.