Bears Love the Beach Too

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In Hancock County Mississippi, the local resident are seeing some very odd out-of-towners. While residents are seeing so many bears for the first time, experts in the area say they never actually left. Black bears have been congregating along the Mississippi for years in areas that have good fishing. “Congregate,” though, is a relative term. These experts say that there were at the very most 50 black bears in the entire state in 2005. Currently, ten bears in Mississippi are being tracked by collar, but none of them are in the Delta. Local residents have growing concerns about their safety in the community, but local authorities stress that the bears are docile, and 99 out of 100 times they will simply go away. And just a reminder to our hunting readers, shooting a black bear in Mississippi will land you a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. To read the whole article from The Sun Herald, click here