Warning signs telling drivers to be
aware of black bears are now posted along U.S. 61 South near the
Big Black River.
Black bear biologist Brad Young of the Mississippi Department of
Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says the markers are on both sides of
the four-lane highway.
In fact, Young has received no fewer than 10 calls citing bear
crossings in the past two years.
He says every year, he gets stories about people driving along
and spotting a bear.
The first "Bear Crossing" sign was along Mississippi Highway
16 near Rolling Fork, home of the Delta National Forest.
The second was along U.S. 61 South near Port Gibson, where about
two years ago a UPS driver spotted and photographed a young male.
Young said the habitat there is ideal for the threatened
The signs are part of an initiative of the Bear Education and
Restoration Group of Mississippi, a nonprofit group formed in 2004
that sets out to educate people and help provide a viable and
acceptable population of black bears in the state.
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