Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in West Plains to learn more about black bears in Missouri and MDC research and management efforts.

MDC invites the public to an open houses to learn more about black bears in Missouri from 6 to 8 p.m. July 18 at First Baptist Church, 202 Walnut St. in West Plains.

The open house will include information on MDC black bear research projects and management efforts, MDC’s draft black bear management plan, potential future hunting opportunities and how to handle conflicts with nuisance bears. MDC staff will also be taking comments on these and other related topics regarding black bears in Missouri.

No registration is required for any meeting. For more information, contact MDC Public Involvement Coordinator Michele Baumer at, or 573-522-4115 Ext. 3350.

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