Motivating People, Managing Bears: The 5th International Human-Bear Conflicts Workshop

  A bear is running at you at 30 mph, 44 feet per second, if it is 88 feet away, will be on you in 2 seconds flat. Bear spray takes roughly 2-5 seconds to deploy, and while it is roughly 92% effective. Firearms can be easier to use but are often slightly less effective …

Weekly Update: Missouri Black Bear Project

The Missouri Black Bear Project is producing new scientific results. Since 2011, SCI Foundation has partnered with Mississippi State University’s Carnivore Ecology Laboratory and the Missouri Department of Conservation to study the state’s population of bears. The American black bear (Ursus americanus) was extirpated from Missouri in the early 1900s. The state now has an …

Weekly Update: Missouri Black Bear Project

In the early 1900s black bears were nearly eliminated from Missouri until reintroduction efforts in the 1960s led to population increases across the southern portion of the state. Today, there is an estimated population size between 250 to 300 individual black bears within the known breeding range. Black bears have been documented throughout the Ozark …