“We added an Alabama Bicentennial category this year.
Photos in this category could include historical parks, forts, lighthouses, battlefields or archeological sites.
“If you are lucky enough to see a bear, simply leave it alone,” Hudson said. • Encourage the bear to move away by waving your arms and yelling as you slowly back away.
Below are tips on what you should do if you encounter a black bear and how to avoid attracting one to your property. • Make sure the bear has an unobstructed direction to escape. Never “play dead.” • Never approach or purposely feed a bear.
This information helps biologists document black bear movement and distribution in Alabama. Bear sightings can also be reported online at https://alabama.gov/Black Bear or by email to Thomas Harms at Thomas. In Alabama, black bear is a species of highest conservation concern with no open season. Other penalties for shooting at a black bear include the potential loss of hunting and fishing license privileges for three years and possible jail time.
For more information about black bears in Alabama, visit
These recent sightings are more evidence of the state’s expanding black bear population.
For more information, call 334-242-3151 or email Kim Nix at [email protected] is currently working with Auburn University researchers and other state and federal agencies to collect data on the state’s black bear population and movements.
This data will be used to make scientific decisions regarding bear management.
This meeting will also provide an opportunity for any individual who would like to make comments concerning the program to address the board.
The public is invited to attend this meeting and is encouraged to submit nominations of tracts of land for possible Forever Wild program purchase.