Anchorage looks for options to reduce bear encounters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage officials are examining measures to tighten regulations on trash, aiming to reduce the number of bear encounters in the city. The Anchorage Daily News reports Anchorage Assembly members discussed options to tackle the issue at a recent work session, including adopting new fines and shifting the times when residents can take out their trash for pickup….

Researchers: Missouri’s black bear population growing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — An ongoing research project by the Missouri Department of Conservation has found that the state’s black bear population is growing. Researcher Laura Conlee told the Springfield News-Leader that Missouri has seen high survival rates for female bears, which leads to population growth. She says reported bear sightings are also increasing. Most black bears are spotted south of…