“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.
Historically, a small population of black bears have remained rooted in Mobile and Washington counties.
The public is invited to attend this meeting and is encouraged to submit nominations of tracts of land for possible Forever Wild program purchase.Those are just some examples—it’s a broad category. It’s been such a popular subject for photos in previous contests that we decided to make it a focal point this year,” she said.“Ultimately, our goal is to encourage residents and visitors to explore Alabama’s outdoor spaces and document them through photography.” The contest is open to adults and youth.Biologists from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources say the increase in sightings may be due to a combination of factors including changes in bear distribution, habitat fragmentation, seasonal movement and the summer mating season.However, most spring and summer bear sightings are of juvenile males being pushed out of their previous ranges by their mothers and other adult males.The Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest is now accepting entries through October 31, 2018.The contest is a joint project between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Alabama Tourism Department and the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.In northeast Alabama, bears migrating from northwest Georgia have established a small but viable population.“While seeing a black bear in Alabama is uncommon and exciting, it is no cause for alarm,” said Marianne Hudson, Conservation Outreach Specialist for the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF).“There has never been a black bear attack on a human in Alabama.” Black bears are typically secretive, shy animals that will avoid human interaction.Occasionally, a curious bear will explore a human-populated area in search of food.Winning images will be featured online and in a traveling exhibit across the state during 2019.An exhibit of 2018 winners is currently on display around the state.“We added an Alabama Bicentennial category this year.