Black bears moving into Northeast Alabama -Anniston Star



Anniston Star - Good news bears species showing signs of comeback: Evidence of a small full-time population in Northeast Alabama is mounting, according to a story in the Anniston Star.

A study of the black bear population at Little River Canyon National Preserve near Fort Payne offered more definitive answers about the black bear population in that area. The study, which ended in October, confirmed what some scientists already were sure of – there is a sustainable black bear population there.

Researchers found two female black bears with cubs and evidence of 16 to 19 bears in the preserve. The sustainable black bear population at Little River Canyon didn’t exist a decade ago, Steury said.

This image, taken earlier this month in Nances Creek by a motion-sensor-activated camera, shows a black bear, according to a JSU biology professor. The species, once common in Alabama, may be staging a comeback. (Photo courtesy of Robert Carter)

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