Black Bears shared an expansive history in the upper Midwest prior to European settlement. Located in primarily dense wooded areas, their population decreased as colonization became more widespread. Their population was decimated by the early 1900s due to their efforts in damaging crops, harassing livestock, and the value found in their hides.
Harlee Scherrer works for Missouri State Parks and knows a thing or two about the recent bear sittings. His blog post features some of the history behind bears in Missouri and what to do if you happen to come across one.
“Next time you find yourself driving down the road, look out at the landscape and think of what it might have been. Think of what it has become, and remember that we are all neighbors to much more than we know.”
Hayley is photographer based is Missouri that loves to go on adventures with her boyfriend and dog. She’s lived in Missouri all her life and wants to venture out, but the Midwest hold a special place in her heart.
Erin Is an avid adventurer hailing from the great state of Iowa. She’s traveled across the Midwest and has a lot of knowledge on where to go and what to see. She shares a sentiment that most are familiar with here in the Midwest. Yes, we do have plenty of farmland and corn, but that’s not all we have. Hope you get inspired by her post!