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Multiple black bear sightings in Joplin has residents worried

Residents are more cautious now when going outside

Bear Sightings in Missouri

JOPLIN, Mo. - Myron LaFleur, a Joplin resident, thought that he saw someone digging into the dumpster outside his house on Monday July 1st.

He was shocked to find out that it was a black bear. 

"Oh my! There’s a bear out there!" LaFleur added.

LaFleur says he believes that it was a juvenile bear. He said it looked big enough to have been on its own.

"I went out there and clapped my hands, and he ran off that was about the third time he had come up here. I just didn’t want him getting in the trash can, stringing stuff all over the place.”

LaFleur’s concern for the safety of his family grew bigger after seeing the bear. 

"We are more cautious when we go out that door now, we look before we leap"

This is not the first sighting of a black bear in the area.  

Shawn Allen of Allen Family Farm and Apiaries says that a bear was on his back porch and that it had returned a second time.

As a beekeeper, Allen is worried that the bear will come back and try to get to his beehives. 

He is preparing to surround the hives with an electric fence to protect them.

A footprint of a bear was also found at the Shoal Creek bridge construction site. 

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website, black bears are making a comeback in Missouri. 

The website advices to never feed the bears, empty your trash cans often and to lock outdoor trash cans at night. It says that electric fences are also a good way to keep bears out.
If a sighting occurs, reporting it to the Missouri Department of Conservation is encouraged.

"You just have to be cautious of what you do and keep an eye out" added LaFleur.

You can find more information on black bears and what to do if you see one on the Missouri Department of Conservations website. 


https://mdc.mo.gov/wildlife/nuisance-problem-species/nuisance-native-species/black-bear-control
 

 

 

 

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