Here's some news articles that I read in the
local newspapers recently concerning Alabama Black Bears
The first article is from May of 2005.
An area between Bibb and
Shelby county, Alabama in Central Alabama is perfect for Black Bears and they
seem to have returned to that area.
A small group of black bears
are Alabama's newest residents to that area. Black Bears abandoned that part
of the state years ago, but new evidence shows that they might be making a
comeback to Bibb and Shelby counties.
There's a lot of old coal
mining operations in that area that hasn't had much activity for years and
some coal miners have found bear footprints, hair samples and pictures taken
suggest that the black bear might be back in this area.
Conservationists say that
this area is perfect black bear habitat because of the isolation of the area
and old mine shafts that can be used as dens and the vegetation of the area is
ideal. Biologists know for sure that black bears were in the area a few months
before this article was in print, but unsure if they will stay. A Black Bear
ideally needs approximately about 50 square miles of space. The Black Bear is
considered a large carnivore, but they'll eat anything, plants, garbage or
whatever's available. People shouldn't be afraid of them as confrontation is
not a bear's style, but you should leave them alone if one is approached or
seen. Black Bears are scared of humans.
Male Black Bears tend to keep
on the move a lot, sometimes traveling several hundred miles before claiming
an area permanently. Females, on the other side usually stick pretty much
close to one spot or area.
Previous DNA tests show that
one of the Black Bears that was photographed in the Bibb and Shelby county
area is a female Black Bear. Scientists will be setting up new testing sites
throughout this area to find out if these bears are here to stay.
Deer Hunter Mauled By Black Bear
November 28, 2005
hunter in Mobile county, Alabama was mauled or bitten on the knee by a Black
Bear near the town of Turnerville. Kenneth Scoggin of Chunchula, Alabama
underwent surgery at Springhill Medical Center in Mobile Friday night. Scoggin
tolf the Mobile Register that he just knew he was a goner when the beat bit
him. Scoggin said that he was near the end of his deer hunt near the Bush Coon
Hunting Club when he heard a grunt. "By the time I saw her and she saw
me, up the tree she came" Scoggin said. Scoggin said that he was at least
30 foot up the pine tree in a climbing tree stand, hung onto the seat of the
stand and his safety harness was unhooked. The bear climbed up the tree, bit
him on the right knee and wouldn't let go, he said. She was hanging onto the
meat of of his knee and he was hanging onto the seat of the climbing stand,
Scoggin said. When the meat of his knee gave way, the bear fell to the ground
and Scoggin got his pistol out. He said the bear started to climb the tree
again and he shot it four or five times with his .22 caliber semi-automatic
pistol. The bear fell to the ground a second time and Scoggin fired a shot
from his deer rifle killing the bear. He used a cell phone to call a neighbor
Daniel Powell, coordinator of the Alabama Black Bear Alliance, said the bear
that bit Scoggin was a female with two cubs, although the cubs have not been
recovered. Black Bears with cubs are aggressive when they have cubs and shouldn't
be approached. The chances of a mother Black Bear with cubs attacking humans
is about one in 100,000 times.
body was taken for testing by the Game and Fish division of the Alabama
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
You can report Alabama bear sign or sightings to the Alabama Wildlife Federation: