It appears there's a bear in southern Missouri that is seeking his 15 minutes of fame. He recently made an appearance on several trail cams and is not camera shy whatsoever.

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Growing Deer TV shared this YouTube short with no exact location given except that it is indeed "Bears in Southern Missouri". This apex predator is more than a little curious about all the cameras in his woods.

If you go to the Missouri Department of Conservation's map, you'll see the number of bear sightings in Missouri is exploding.

Missouri Department of Conservation
Missouri Department of Conservation

That is a lot of bears and they're appearing further and further north as their population grows. So far, the majority of black bears in Missouri call areas south of the Missouri River home. However, that seems to be changing which is why we all need to be alert when we're spending time in the backwoods.

This young bear that made the trail cam appearances is just another sign that Missouri is becoming bear country and the rest of us just live in it.

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