(KFVS) - Black bears in Missouri become active in April after coming out of hibernation, so be "Bear Aware."
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, bears in Mo. are making a comeback in the southern areas of the state.
Conservation officials offer these tips while hiking or camping:
- Stay alert and avoid confrontation
- Walk away slowly from a bear, do not run
- Keep a clean campsite
- Never feed a bear
Report all bear sightings to Missouri Department of Conservation staff.