Texas Drought Causing Increase in Black Bear Encounters

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is warning that the worst one-year drought on record is causing black bears to change their behavior, roaming farther from traditional habitats and potentially becoming more aggressive toward people.

The black bear, one of the largest mammals in North America, has made a comeback in Texas after widespread hunting and habitat destruction reduced the state’s population and landed it on the state's "threatened" list. The bear has a diet that consists mostly of vegetation and is normally reluctant to approach humans.

Black bears mostly live in West Texas, although the Parks and ...

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