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Bear Habitat

Bear Habitat

Our study area consists of the entire state of Mississippi, though we are focusing our efforts in the delta region of west Mississippi. This area has high levels of anthropogenic disturbance from agricultural and forestry practices with remnant patches of bottomland hardwood forests. Found within our study area are national forests, national wildlife refuges, wildlife management areas, state parks, and state conservation areas. This area is being utilized by colonizing bears traveling across the Mississippi River from both Louisiana and Arkansas. If you would like to report a bear sighting, please contact us here.


Figure 1. Reported occurrences of American black bear in Mississippi, 2002-2010. Federally designated geographic ranges of Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus) and American black bear are south and north of subspecies division line, respectively.