Follow these Bear Aware guidelines to stay safe in bear country and keep bears wild

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wildlife biologists remind hikers and campers to be Bear Aware while enjoying the summer months. The American black bear is one of the largest and heaviest wild mammals in Missouri. Though their population is slowly and steadily increasing in southern Missouri, many Missourians still aren’t accustomed to their presence. MDC’s Natural History Biologist Kevin Brunke said being Bear Aware is important as the bear population increases.

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