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Dept. of Wildlife: Black bear sightings increase in Oklahoma in August

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 12:39:38-04

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is sending out a message to Oklahomans about bear sightings across the area.

The department says this time of year, black bears in eastern Oklahoma feed on soft mast crops such as blackberries.

However, in August, when food sources diminish and dry out, the number of bears spotted around towns and residences increases.

Residents living in bear country should keep attractants such as bird seed, pet food and garbage indoors, if possible, the department said.

The department says in recent years, black bears have been seen as far north as Grove, and as far west as Wayne.

For more information about bear encounters in Oklahoma, click here.

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