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Mississippi's black bear population is increasing

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In recent weeks the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said there has been an increase of black bears across our state. The bears are looking for food and other bears. Wildlife Bureau Director Chad Dacus said the activity is picking up north of Jackson.

"Especially down in the south delta, up around the Greenville area," said Dacus. "With the high water and some of the flooding situations we have had over there, it's pushing bears in areas where they are a little more visible right now.

We looked at video someone posted on youtube with the caption reading, "Couple of black bears visit my deer stand in the Mississippi Delta." Dacus said right now there are only about 100 bears total in our state.

 "Over the years with agriculture and with clearing of the land and some of those practices, the habitat just went away," said Dacus.

But, that habitat is slowly growing back and has been for the past 20 years.

 "They are the charismatic animal," add Dacus. "They are what everyone thinks of when they think of wild animals. We think of Teddy Roosevelt and the Mississippi Delta and the teddy bear. Black bears are one of those animals that have been here a long time."

And the population is slowly increasing. If you don't want black bears coming near you or your property it's important not to leave trash out or pet food.

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