No nature lover wants to see an avoidable incident occur between humans and wildlife. So should you be concerned about encountering a black bear at Innsbrook or do you know what to do if this happens? Be prepared by being bear aware!
Here in slideshow format is a presentation we made to the Innsbrook community during our July 28, 2018, meeting. You can also download this as a PDF document at Innsbrook Nature Meeting July2018 Bears.
The answers we provided to the many questions property owners and visitors likely have about American Black Bears in Missouri are found in the references below:
- Safety Tips Around Bears at https://ibknature.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/bear-prepared-post.pdf
- Bears in North America at https://geology.com/stories/13/bear-areas/
- Black Bears in Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_black_bear
- MDC Black Bears at https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/american-black-bear
- Black Bear Project at https://research.mdc.mo.gov/project/missouri-black-bear-project
- Missouri Black Bears at https://mdcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=6cce1805cf634e76acacee085c15d21b
- Missouri Bear Reports at https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/report-wildlife-sightings/bear-reports
- Local Bear Sightings at http://www.warrencountyrecord.com/local_news/communities/marthasville/article_12d011f4-809d-11e8-8b7d-9fa607256c6f.html
- Report a sighting at https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/report-wildlife-sightings/bear-reports/report-bear-sighting
- Hiking and Camping Tips at https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/activities/camping/camping-and-hiking-black-bear-country
- Bear Den Slide Show at https://research.mdc.mo.gov/project/missouri-black-bear-project/2017-den-camera-slide-show
- Bear Story and Videos at https://mdcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=6cce1805cf634e76acacee085c15d21b
- Bearwise Communities at https://bearwise.org/bearwise-communities/
- Keep Bears Wild at https://keepbearswild.org/
- NPR Story on Wild Bears at https://www.npr.org/2016/05/11/477693489/wildlife-biologists-manage-bear-interactions-in-americas-national-parks
For additional questions and answers, which we will do our best to address, or to share your bear sightings, send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.