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Old 02-09-2019, 10:33 PM   #1
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Someone showed me an article in the Jan/Feb issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife that displayed a picture of a black bear on a ranch in Zapata/Jim Hogg counties.

https://tpwmagazine.com/archive/2019...ut9_wildthing/
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:37 PM   #2
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Bears have been back in Texas for around 20 years now. They first moving into Big Bend, they have since spread out all over Brewster County and into Val Verde County. I have seen a video of a bear getting out of the water and running up the bank at Lake Amistad. I have heard of them coming across the boarder farther south in more recent years. Then they have also been coming into east Texas from Louisiana and Arkansas. Give it another 20 to 30 years and most of the state will have a healthy black bear population.

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Old 02-09-2019, 10:37 PM   #3
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There was a sighting by the falcon **** a few years ago if I’m not mistaken.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:37 PM   #4
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Interesting! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:42 PM   #5
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Bears have been back in Texas for around 20 years now. They first moving into Big Bend, they have since spread out all over Brewster County and into Val Verde County. I have seen a video of a bear getting out of the water and running up the bank at Lake Amistad. I have heard of them coming across the boarder farther south in more recent years. Then they have also been coming into east Texas from Louisiana and Arkansas. Give it another 20 to 30 years and most of the state will have a healthy black bear population.
I think healthy population may be a stretch, but I do think numbers will go up
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:42 PM   #6
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:52 PM   #7
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Black bears have also been spotted in the NW Texas panhandle, presumably migrating out of NM during drought periods.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:54 PM   #8
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We have one north of Dryden killing feeders
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:22 PM   #9
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They've been around since the early 80's I know, rancher killed one that had killed some calves and got in some pretty deep do do even with the bear being shot within sight of the carcass'.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:26 PM   #10
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There was one spotted near where I hunted west of Uvalde about 15 years ago. We were told not to shoot it under any circumstance.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:28 PM   #11
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There was one spotted near where I hunted west of Uvalde about 15 years ago. We were told not to shoot it under any circumstance.
The state of Texas tells us all the same thing lol
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:30 PM   #12
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Got a few around Sanderson.

When I was a kid they were in Hardin County
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:48 PM   #13
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Mary had a famous bear encounter several years back in southwest Texas
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:50 PM   #14
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I remember one in or around Edinburg about 50 years ago. It was just a lone critter coming across from Mexico.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:58 PM   #15
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I'll call my fed GW compadre & ask him about this fairly recent encounter on the border that happened around what I think was around falcon lake area. Bear was said to be re-located towards webb co territory??
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:09 AM   #16
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Haha, build a wall!!
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:28 AM   #17
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There was a 210# bear hit by a car between Sonora and Ozona on I10 last year!!!!

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Old 02-10-2019, 12:37 AM   #18
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There was one in the hill country m, I think in rock springs area during the drought we had a few years ago.


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Old 02-10-2019, 07:36 AM   #19
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This ain’t new. They been here awhile.
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:14 AM   #20
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There were a few in Dilley in the drought of 2012.
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:37 AM   #21
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Been sightings in East TX. and Deep East TX.
Oh, and hundreds of Black Panthers!
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:52 AM   #22
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Lots of us have bears on our places across the river... you'd be surprised how many, most of us just don't show the trail cam pics...
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:12 PM   #23
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I have friends who hunt Del Rio that have them on game cameras all the time.
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:19 PM   #24
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In North Texas as well. Right around the corner from my house. This was from a May 2018 encounter in Grayson County.

http://www.kten.com/story/38213309/b...grayson-county
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:23 PM   #25
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Mary had a famous bear encounter several years back in southwest Texas
Yep! Our Mayor Miss Mary got video to prove it too. Just search "Mary bears all".

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:41 PM   #26
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We got a cam pic of one years ago near del rio. Some jack wagon killed one in “self defense” under his corn feeder. Turns out he killed one the year before as well in “self defense”. The law hammered his backside. His fellow hunters were the ones who turned him in.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:28 AM   #27
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there was a cub hit on 83 west of Encinal last year. we have a pic of one down at the ranch in Webb county off 255.
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:22 AM   #28
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There was one in the hill country m, I think in rock springs area during the drought we had a few years ago.


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This is true, there were a couple caught on trail cameras on neighboring properties to ours a few years ago.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:04 AM   #29
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We had one on our lease outside Comstock back in 2002
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:05 AM   #30
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Many years ago My Dad and I hunted outside of Kerville in Mountain Home. The Rancher was a care taker for a Lady that had several hundred elk on her property and he took us over there once to look at the elk. In the process he showed us a pair of Grizzly's in a steel cage in back of the barn. Why they had these I will never know and whatever happened to them is unknown. The boar was well over 800 pounds and the female was probably 600+.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:44 AM   #31
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Many years ago My Dad and I hunted outside of Kerville in Mountain Home. The Rancher was a care taker for a Lady that had several hundred elk on her property and he took us over there once to look at the elk. In the process he showed us a pair of Grizzly's in a steel cage in back of the barn. Why they had these I will never know and whatever happened to them is unknown. The boar was well over 800 pounds and the female was probably 600+.
****. They got ESA protection in the mid 70's. How long ago was that?

I grew up hunting just west of there. I can remember a bear sighting making the paper in Kerrville in the 80's.

I wonder how many have to show up before they open a season on them?

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Old 02-12-2019, 12:55 PM   #32
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OP, where did you see in the posted link anything about bears in South Texas Jim Hogg, etc. ? I've read the article, watched the video and checked the pic. No mention I can find of South Texas...

Just curious as I have a new property in Webb County and hoping not to have to contend with bears...
We had sightings and even a dead bear on our place in Val Verde and Kinney counties on the Rio Grande south of Del Rio over the years, but hadn't heard anything about them as far south as Webb, Zapata or Jim Hogg counties...
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:13 PM   #33
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There was one hit by a car by the Laredo Community College south campus in Laredo, Texas along Hwy 83 a couple of years back. There was also some sightings of a bear sow and two cubs about 1 mile from where it was hit.
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:28 PM   #34
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couple used to raid the dumpsters behind the Diablo Inn at Amsted years ago. Heard vague rumor that one took a ride to Houston on account of a collision with an arrow, true false who knows?

Buy yeah they've been around a while.
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:39 PM   #35
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OP, where did you see in the posted link anything about bears in South Texas Jim Hogg, etc. ? I've read the article, watched the video and checked the pic. No mention I can find of South Texas...

Just curious as I have a new property in Webb County and hoping not to have to contend with bears...
We had sightings and even a dead bear on our place in Val Verde and Kinney counties on the Rio Grande south of Del Rio over the years, but hadn't heard anything about them as far south as Webb, Zapata or Jim Hogg counties...
Heck they even have a bear as a mascot in Webb County buddy.

http://www.webbcountytx.gov/DistrictAttorney/HuggyBear/
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:42 PM   #36
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They have migrated all the way north to the Concho in Sterling County where they used to be common. As a kid we lived in Crane, Tx south of Odessa for a short time and there was a bear season in Crane co. back then. Bears were pretty common between Crane and McCamey out in the salt cedar flats and out around King Mountain/Castle Gap and along the Pecos. I only saw one crossing the ranch road below Indian Spring but saw a few that that other had killed and brought through town. All the ones I ever saw were small, no more than a 100lb or so. Bout like average sized Rottweiler.
Ranchers hated them since they preyed on the thousands of angora goats they raised out there back then. We talking 1962-63
With all the hair sheep being raised out there now it's pretty certain the bears and cougars are going to start moving in. Easy pickings.
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:49 PM   #37
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I LOVE hunting bears but I bet this would be a total nuisance to deal with if their population really grew. Then again, folks deal with them in other parts of the country and still hunt so....
I bet a Texas bear would be a small, pathetic looking thing compared to other states.


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Old 02-12-2019, 04:27 PM   #38
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Maybe in my lifetime?
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:33 PM   #39
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Nw Texas confirmed
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