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First Documented Bear Sighting in Kentucky in Your Lifetime (Probably)

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all images via Bernheim

A research forest in Kentucky has photographed a black bear for the first time. 

Kentucky has started to earn a reputation of big whitetails, and now black bears. The Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest had a bear sighting dating back to this summer, July 17th; however, the bear disappeared… until it was pictured on trail camera a few months later. A distinctive scar helps confirm it’s the same bear, roaming in the forest once more.

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According to Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, this might be the first documented bear in over a century. The bear population was depleted by unregulated hunting, logging, and lack of protected areas in the early 1900s.

Thankfully, the Bernheim Research Forest is 23 square miles, giving room for a potential bear population. The researchers believe the 14,500-acre area “enables us to support a small population of bear in the future, which we would welcome.”

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The Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest has decided to run a poll to name the bear. The options include Bernie, Ranger, and Wilson, with Bernie in the lead. 

The bear sighting come as a surprise for many people. Thanks to the trail camera pictures, there is documented proof a bear roaming the hardwoods of Kentucky.

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First Documented Bear Sighting in Kentucky in Your Lifetime (Probably)