Bear Sightings Increasing in the Lakes Region

by: Scott McCaulley

The trend over the last few years seems to be continuing as more Bear Sightings have happened in the Lakes Region.

Earlier this week, a picture was taken of a Bear around the Highway 65 and 160 interchange and submitted to Ozarks First then on Thursday afternoon, a smaller Bear was hit by a vehicle in Branson in the area around Stockstill Park.

Quenten Fronterhouse, Taney County Agent for the Missouri Department of Conservation who himself spotted a bear around F Highway earlier in the week, said that the Bear hit in Branson was around 60-70 pounds and still considered a Cub though was believed to be alone in the area.

Frounterhouse says that Bears tend to want to stay away from people and are just looking for food. While Bears tend to move away from people before they even know they are there, people who do encounter a Bear should remain calm and also contact a Conservation Agent if a Bear becomes a problem.

Fronterhouse reminds residents to secure trash and pet food outside of their residence as to not be a temptation for the Bears to get food.

The complete interview with Agent Fronterhouse from this week’s “Conservation Report” on KRZK can be found below:

 

 

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