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Missouri Black Bear Research 2010-2022

Missouri Department of Conservation

Mississippi State Carnivore Ecology Laboratory

A Tracking Study Using GPS

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The home ranges of all black bears tracked in Missouri is now displayed on the map.
Use the Bear Selector to view the locations, an estimated range, and path of an individual bear that has been tracked or is currently being tracked.

Bears Tracked: Over 85 Current Active GPS: Over 35 Est. Missouri Pop: Approx. 280 Active Range: Southern Missouri
Bear ID: 1001 Ear Tags Lft/Rt: Blue 2/1 Date 1st Collared: 9/4/2010 County Captured: Howell Age(2010): 16 yrs Weight(2010): 450 lbs Color(body/muzzle): black/black and tan Total Distance(miles): 1
Research Synopsis:

Black bears are native to Missouri but they were nearly wiped out during settlement. Now they're making a comeback.

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Mississippi State Carnivore Ecology Laboratory began a statewide black bear population estimation project in 2010 using GPS collars. Population work resulted in identifying 141 individual bears and an overall 2012 population estimate of 279 bears. Black bear distribution in southern Missouri appears patchy and restricted to areas of continuous forest such as the Mark Twain National Forest.

Current research is intended to measure survival and reproductive rates for female bears in Missouri. This information will enable MDC to forecast population growth rates for bears in Missouri. The Missouri Black Bear research project is planned to continue through 2022.

The GPS generated locations of black bears on this web site are not displayed in real-time. There is a delay of up to 1 week or longer. During the denning season (November - April) the fall locations will not be displayed when bears chose a den site and spring locations will not be displayed until the bears have moved from denning areas.

Some bears shown may be anesthetized.

No black bears have succumbed as a result of capture or wearing a GPS collar in this study.

Find out more about Missouri black bear research here