Black Bear Recovery Helps Restore Healthy Missouri Forests

"This bear was an exceptional bear in my opinion. This was an awesome, awesome bear, a big black bear. He has a big white 'V', so he's got some distinguishing marks. He's an impressive creature, I think." "I'd say he's 500 pounds. I don't know how old he is, 8 maybe, but he's in his …

Chocolate Bear Baiting

Chocolate – rich and delicious. Everybody loves chocolate, and hopefully people are aware that it’s toxic to pets, especially dogs. But what you may not know is that chocolate is also toxic to wild animals and is an emerging issue for bears. Bears can come into contact with chocolate through the practice of baiting. Baiting is a common …

SCI Foundation Conservation Highlights

Since 2000, SCI Foundation has funded over 80 wildlife conservation projects in 27 countries. From white-tailed deer in your own backyard to African lions on the Serengeti plains, our research provides the the most accurate science to conserve species, improve habitat and support sustainable use management. To find out more, read our new Conservation Highlights HERE. This Conservation Highlights …

SCI Foundation in the Field Helping Species Recovery

SCI Foundation’s experienced conservation staff members were in the field this month working with our partner biologists. In an ongoing research phase for the Missouri Black Bear Project, SCI Foundation staff assisted the Missouri Department of Conservation in a weeklong black bear capture session. Multiple bears were successfully captured and released after researchers recorded a …

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: Lights, Stealth Cam, Action

SCI Foundation is continuing our partnership with the Missouri black bear project. The next stage of research will estimate black bear population numbers and provide insights to population growth, while using public observations to assess the statewide distribution of bears. Researchers are using 120 digital Stealth Cam trail cameras to capture pictures and survey resident …

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 …

Black Bear Research Update

  During the past twenty years or so, multiple states have experienced increasing bear populations. Bears are recolonizing former range and expanding into areas now occupied by people. SCI Foundation is committed to understanding bear demographics and the potential influence that sex, age and seasons have on human-wildlife conflict. SCI Foundation has been assisting the …