Missouri Department of Conservation encourages public to be “Bear Aware” this spring

18Apr - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) – An estimated 350 black bears call southern Missouri home, and as the spring season gets underway, these magnificent mammals leave their winter dens in search of food.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is reminding Missourians to be proactive and “Be Bear Aware.”

MDC Resource Scientist and Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee said it is imperative that residents remove bear attractants from their property, such as bird feeders, trash, barbeque grills, pet food, and food waste.

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