Black Bear Spotted near Branson

BRANSON, Mo. – Several residents along Bee Creek Road in Branson report a black bear sighting Sunday afternoon.

Tim Russell with the Missouri Department of Conservation confirms the sighting and says black bears in Taney and Stone Counties are becoming more and more prevalent. He says the bears have a sense of smell 100 times greater than a bloodhound, and the can lure them into residential areas. Griffin suspects that was the case with the black bear sighting on Bee Creek Road:

Russell says black bears typically are afraid of humans but will show aggression if they are threatened. He says if you see a black bear to give them space and they will most likely leave. If a bear gets too close to you, Griffin says to make loud noises to scare it away.

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