Bears are normally seen in Missouri south of I-44. This new sighting is an exception. A confirmed black bear report has now been shared from Pleasant Hill, Missouri, but we're told that he probably won't hurt you. Maybe.
There are two interesting pieces of information to share with you. 1. A black bear was spotted near Salem, Missouri. 2. The police are advising that citizens not wrestle it. Both of those statements are remarkably true.
There are only a few places in America that this is possible. A homeowner shared a new video showing quite a sight in their backyard. It was a bear mom and cubs napping and cooling off on a rock and I have to wonder out loud if this was in southern Missouri where the bear population is exploding.
It looks like Missouri is preparing to have its biggest ever bear season later in 2023. The state will begin offering 400 black bear permits starting in May. The Department of Conservation released all the details today of what to expect.