Black Bear Encounters Expected to Rise

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
More Video...

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky officials expect black bear encounters to increase this year in eastern Kentucky.

WYMT-TV says there were nearly 600 documented black bear sightings last year in eastern Kentucky. Pike County resident Jack Compton says a black bear went through his yard some time ago. Now he keeps his garbage in a secure bin, as officials recommend.

Wildlife biologist Jayson Plaxico of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says it's hard for bears to find much natural food early in spring. Plaxico says the way to remove the bear is to remove the food. And never feed a bear, which is illegal in Kentucky.

If you encounter a bear, don't run away, but move calmly. Or make your presence known by standing tall with your arms raised, yelling at the bear.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WBKO 2727 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101-3976 Phone: 270-781-1313 After Hours Hotline: 270-781-6397 Fax: 270-781-1814
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 260420561 -
Gray Television, Inc.