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Photo by Billy Pope, ADCNR Add Jackson, Limestone, Marshall, Morgan and St.
Clair counties to the growing list of black bear sightings in Alabama in 2018.
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).
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.
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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.
Baldwin, Covington and Escambia counties on the Florida border host yet another population of bears.The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. Muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia) is a member of the grape family.It is native to much of North America and grows wild in roadsides and forests with green, violet, bronze and black vareties.They grow in Alabama, Arkansas, the Carolinas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.Muscadines are used in wine, jellies, fruit leather, juice or just eaten strait by biting through the tough flesh and sucking out the sweet insides. Over 100 years of breeding has resulted in several bronze cultivars such as Carlos, Doreen, Magnolia and Triumph, that are distinguished by being perfect flowered (male and female flower parts together) from the Scuppernong variety with only female flower parts.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.The photo contest is open to state residents and visitors alike, but qualifying photos must have been taken in Alabama.Contest coordinator Kim Nix says a new category connects the celebration of statehood to the photo contest, which is in its 14th year.“We added an Alabama Bicentennial category this year.Photos in this category could include historical parks, forts, lighthouses, battlefields or archeological sites.