The porch of Fort Smith, Arkansas, welcomes a wandering black bear

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Fort Smith Porch Welcomes a Wandering Black Bear

A bear visited a home in Fort Smith on Monday. The black bear was captured on a doorbell camera walking up to the porch. He sniffed at the door before turning and walking away. The house was in the Fianna Hills neighborhood, near the park. This was the first time the current owners had seen a bear on the property. They were told bears had been seen in the yard in the past when they moved in last summer. If you have wildlife photos or videos, you can share them in the Arkansas Facebook group. Black bears are known to live in and migrate through the Ozarks of Arkansas. Some of the recent memorable bear sightings include a bear cub that wandered around the University of Arkansas and a bear that spent hours in a tree in a neighborhood of Fort Smith.Arkansas Bear HistoryOnce known as the “Bear State”, Arkansas was once famous for its large bear population. But in 1927, fewer than 50 remained, according to the Arkansas Encyclopedia. In the late 1950s and 1960s, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission brought bears from Minnesota and Canada to the state and implemented new hunting regulations. This helped the bear population rebound and is now estimated at more than 3,000. Bear SafetyArkansas Game and Fish officials say most of the calls they receive come when bears find food. It could be from a garbage can, pet food, or a bird feeder. The National Park Service has compiled some tips for staying safe around bears. Follow this link or watch the video below to learn how.

A bear visited a home in Fort Smith on Monday.

The black bear was captured on a doorbell camera walking up to the porch. He sniffed the door before turning and walking away.

The house was in the Fianna Hills neighborhood, near the park. This was the first time the current owners had seen a bear on the property. They were told that bears had already been seen in the yard when they moved in last summer.

If you have wildlife photos or videos, you can share them in the local Arkansas Facebook group.

Black bears are known to live and migrate through the Ozarks of Arkansas.

Some of the recent memorable bear sightings include a bear cub that wandered around the University of Arkansas and a bear that spent hours in a tree in a Fort Smith neighborhood.

Arkansas Bear History

Once known as the “Bear State”, Arkansas was once famous for its large bear population. But in 1927, fewer than 50 remained, according to the Arkansas Encyclopedia.

In the late 1950s and 1960s, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission brought bears from Minnesota and Canada to the state and implemented new hunting regulations. This helped the bear population rebound and is now estimated at over 3,000.

Bear safety

Arkansas Game and Fish officials say most calls they receive come when bears find food. It could be from a garbage can, pet food, or a bird feeder.

The National Parks Service has compiled some tips for staying safe around bears. Follow this link or watch the video below to learn how.

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