- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WEIR, Kan. (AP) - Kansas park officials say a black bear has been seen recently in southeast Kansas.

David Jenkins, of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, told The Cherokee County News Advocate (https://bit.ly/1J2Mu4H ) that a black bear was spotted near the town of Weir on Saturday and on Sunday near Galena. He says it’s likely the same bear.

Jenkins says black bears aren’t typically seen in Kansas, but their numbers have been growing in the Ozarks since Arkansas began a restoration effort 50 years ago. He says every now and then a young male will wander to a nearby state.

Kansas doesn’t have a hunting season for bears, and they may not be killed without reason. Landowners can destroy wildlife, including bears, found in or near buildings or when destroying property.

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