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MDC: Missouri bears awake and on the move

File photo Juvenile Black Bear/J. Billy Rock Smith

Black bears awakening from hibernation are now on the move and may be seen wandering around southwest Missouri.

The Joplin Globe reports that residents may see the animals in Jasper and Newton counties, as well as parts of southeast Kansas.

The Missouri Department of Conservation recommends property owners reduce the risk of bear encounters by not leaving pet food outside, storing garbage inside a secure bin and keeping grills clean.

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