JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites people interested in black bears in Missouri, how to Be Bear Aware, and hunting black bears in the state to join its free, online Wild Webcast, “Be Bear Aware: Missouri is Bear Country,” on Wednesday, May 11, from noon to 1 p.m.
Register in advance for the free, live MDC Wild Webcast, “Be Bear Aware: Missouri is Bear Country,” at short.mdc.mo.gov/4Uc. Then join the webcast live on May 11 from noon to 1 p.m.
MDC’s new Black Bear Biologist Nate Bowersock and former MDC Black Bear Biologist and current Terrestrial Section Chief Laura Conlee will share their expertise on the estimated 800 black bears in Missouri. As spring gets underway, these magnificent mammals leave their winter dens in search of food. The Wild Webcast will help folks understand that Missouri is bear country and will also feature tips on how to “Be Bear Aware.” As Missouri offers its second bear-hunting season in the state this fall, Bowersock and Conlee will also provide information on applying for bear hunting permits during May and provide tips for fall hunting.
For more on Missouri black bears, visit the MDC online Field Guide at mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/american-black-bear.