Thomas McFarland

Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation is reminding citizens of its annual campaign that aims to reduce conflict with the region’s Black Bear population.

MDC Spokesman Francis Skalicky says Black Bears are an intricate part of the beauty of the Ozarks.

“Seeing a bear in the wild is a neat experience and there is nothing wrong with getting a camera to take a picture of it, get a video camera to take a video of it, but do not try to encourage this animal to stay around your home by putting out food,” Skalicky says.