Preserving the State's Black Bear Population

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - There are more than 5,000 wild black bears in Arkansas and biologists are working hard to keep that number steady.

As winter turns to spring, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission closely watching around 50 tagged bears in the natural state. 

Cubs' weight, age, and growth measurements are recorded. Myron Means has been conducting bear den surveys for more than 30 years. 

He says this experience never gets old. 

"It's a checks and balances system. We want to know how many bears leave a population but we also want to know how many bears come into a population," says Myron Means, Large Carnivore Coordinator with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. 

Officials say this is all a part of their mission to make Arkansas once again the bear state. 

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