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Black Bear Spotted East Of Pittsburg Kansas June 2021
Black bear spotted east of Pittsburg, Kansas (June 2021)

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – “Sightings of black bears seem to be increasing in well-traveled, high-traffic areas as well as populated neighborhoods and fields.” That’s a message from the Newton County, Missouri Central Dispatch Center.

Residents in the 4-states have been seeing more black bears this year. Recently, they’ve been seen in the Pittsburg, Baxter Springs and Arma, Kansas areas. Also, one was recently spotted in Neosho, Missouri.

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Newton County authorities say they’re just passing through, posting the following to social media.

“..Don’t feed the bears. Don’t try to pet or snuggle the bears. Keep pet food indoors. Keep trash contained. Report sightings but just let them move along their way. Watch for them crossing roads and highways. Yearlings especially are looking for new homes. If you see a sow and cubs just stay away from them. DO NOT approach and don’t get in between them. Call 417-451-8333 to have dispatch notify the Conservation agent and law enforcement to handle any problematic situations.”

(Recent article: Bear sightings becoming more common in Southeast Kansas)