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The Black Bear Comeback
Black bears once roamed over all of America’s forested lands. But after European settlement, their numbers and habitat in the Southeast dwindled. Thanks to new attitudes and enlightened conservation and management efforts, black bears are making a dramatic comeback over much of their historic home range.
Now that bears are returning to areas they used to call home, it’s up to people and communities to learn how to peacefully coexist with these amazing animals.
Today the Southeast is home to more than 70,000 black bears
Estimated Number of Black Bears in the Southeastern States
Alabama 500 – 700
Arkansas 4,000 – 5,000
Louisiana 500 – 800
Missouri 300 – 350
North Carolina 17,000 – 20,000
South Carolina 800 – 1,200
Texas 100 – 500
West Virginia 13,000 – 15,000
As reported at the Eastern Black Bear Workshop, 2019