Black Bear Sightings Becoming More Frequent in Kentucky

They're used to seeing all kinds of wildlife near their homes, but some people in Jackson County say one animal is getting too close for comfort.

Several people in the Sand Gap community reported seeing a black bear in last week.

And you might not think that dry weather and the sighting of black bears have anything in common, but some officials say dry conditions are driving the bears from their normal habitat.

Steven Dobey of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife says black bears can move as much as 10 to 20 miles a day, especially if they are in search of food. Normally the bears are found down along the Kentucky and Tennessee border, but lately they have been coming out of these woods and into the Sand Gap community.

Dobey says it's also mating season, so the bears aren't only looking for food, but other female bears.

"The main thing people need to realize is that there is plenty of food out there," Dobey says, "and they don't need to be fed, they are extremely tolerable of people, and they hang around neighborhoods especially if there is access to food."

Officials say people have also spotted black bears recently in both Adair and McCreary Counties.

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  • by sharon Location: gunlock on Aug 5, 2010 at 06:48 PM
    Me and my husband saw a black bear today it got right in front of our car
  • by jamie Location: Ohio on Jul 2, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    Is it illegal to feed a bear your leg ????
  • by john Location: pike. county on Dec 5, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    I seen one of the biggest black bear in my life he was at my back door in my garage having a snack I was about 4 ft. away, This bear was about 350 lbs I move back from the door and let him eat anything he wanted, It was great.
  • by Chim Location: N.Ky on Oct 5, 2009 at 03:08 AM
    Bears will be Like Turkeys were about 10 years ago now they Have a season and if I might add a blast to hunt,with the proper managment we could see a Bear season in the next five or so years Bear Burgers Have em your way.
  • by Sandy Location: Elsmere on Aug 2, 2009 at 04:28 PM
    Our yard abuts a wooded creek area. Beyond that is a farm. For the past 2 days, we have been hearing growling and snuffling. We can't see it but it has to be larger than a coyote, because it makes too much noise as it moves. Any known bear sightings in Northern KY?
  • by Jerrie Location: Pendleton County on Jun 15, 2009 at 04:30 AM
    What on earth is wrong with everybody? Black bears are not cute and cuddly. When they attack, they mean to kill. I don't wish them any harm, but I don't want to live with them.
  • by Shelia Location: Orchard Heights Hazard, Ky. on May 25, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    I had a bear eating out of my garbage bin today. It raised the lid and pulled garbage out. I have a few photos. It was really exciting to see.
  • by Ronald Location: Jackson county on May 6, 2009 at 05:23 AM
    Seen one on our property, its on the other side of the county from Sand Gap. On the edge of Danial Boone national forest. It had a GPS coller on it, it just kinda wandered around then went back into the woods.
  • by bob Location: somerset on Mar 25, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    that is so good!!!
  • by john smith Location: ky on Feb 8, 2009 at 04:16 PM
    i moved here frm chicago i hav never seen a wild black bear and now people are having all these sightings and some are scared. i think it would b cool to see something like that up close as long as i have my gun in hand (lol,jk)hope i dont get attacked
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