MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- Did you know black bears are native to Missouri?
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the bears were nearly wiped out during settlement. Now they're making a comeback.
Francis Skalicky with MDC spoke with KOLR10 News about what steps to take if you see a bear near your home.
"Keep your trash can secured. Keep your pet dishes up. Make sure there isn't excess food in them. Keep what could be bear food away from wandering bears."
Full interview above.