(08/17/2006)
There's bear in them there woods.

Thirty years ago, the Division of Natural Resources feared West Virginia's black bear population was almost nonexistent, with an estimated 500 animals.

Now, the agencies recent trapping numbers show the population is bigger and better than ever, an estimated 11,000.

Bear sightings and signs in Calhoun have continually increased over the last ten years.

Mt. Zion resident Jerry Riggs just reported a bear wandering across State Route 16 near Calhoun Control, sighted several times in recent months.

The bear in Calhoun still remain distant and unobtrusive.


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