ROGERSVILLE, Mo. -- Bear sightings are being reported all over the Ozarks right now, and experts say it's because of their searches for mates and food. A man near Rogersville came face to face with a bear before he shot and killed it last week on his farm. Conservation experts have some tips to help you try to avoid such an encounter.
They've been spotted in the woods of Stone County and in the streets of Marshfield. Black bears are making their presence known in the Ozarks.
"I think our population is growing, but we really don't have any evidence to support that other than anecdote," said Jeff Beringer, a Missouri Department of Conservation resource scientist.
Beringer is one of the leading scientists working to learn more about bears in Missouri.
"We don't have any berries that are ripe yet, so they're doing stuff. They're looking for places to eat, and sometimes you have bears that get into trouble," Beringer said.
Last week, a female bear showed up in Michael Six's alpaca pen.