Bear Sightings On The Rise In Southwest Alabama

Bear Sightings On The Rise In Southwest Alabama

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McIntosh, Alabama - This bear met an untimely end--when it tried to cross Highway 43 Tuesday night.

“Really thought it was a hog, a dear, a person, not really sure what it was until we turned around and looked and it was a bear,” says one of the drivers who hit the bear Kayla Wilson.  In rural areas like this--you're more likely to hit a deer but not in this instance.

“I've hit about 12 deer but never hit a bear or anything that big,” says Kayla.  Southwest Alabama is one of two spots in the state with a measurable black bear population.  Conservation officials say at one time it was down to 50 to 100 black bears. 

“There are a lot of sightings, four or five a week, so very common,” says Conservation officer Jonathan Howard.  It's hard to say how strong the bear population is in southwest Alabama, we do know sightings are up, most people with a phone have a camera with them and some people have security cameras around their property.

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