Missouri's Growing Black Bear Population Means 'It's All Bear Country'
As Missouri’s black bear population continues to grow at a rate of 9% annually, bear sightings are more likely — even in major cities like Kansas City and St. Louis.
That means all Missouri residents should be prepared to come into contact with bears, especially while hiking or on vacation in southern parts of the state. Missouri might even institute a bear hunt this October.
- Laura Conlee, a furbearer biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation's Black Bear Project