Jeff Beringer reported that one of our Missouri black bears just completed a marathon trip from southern Christian County to the area east of Hermann. That is over 200 miles as the crow flies and bear 1417 can't fly so he must have put on far more miles. I can only imagine his adventures along the way.
|Original collaring of 1417 in 2014|
When he was trapped again on May 2, 2016, roughly 22 months later he weighed 172 pounds, over twice his previous weight. Male bears average a home range of 120 square miles so his 200+ linear miles was a state record so far. Jeff made this observation about the trip:
"We worked him up yesterday and outfitted him with a new collar that should reveal future movements. What is really interesting is the topography/habitat area of southern Warren county actually looks similar to parts of Christian county, makes you wonder if he decided to winter here for that reason. Based on trail camera pics from the public we believe he showed up in central MO last summer: I didn’t think he’d stay but he obviously denned there this winter. I still don’t think he will stay in Warren county in the absence of a female bear but we will see."
|Visiting Bull Creek - click to enlarge|
|Range of Bear 1417 in 2014-2015|
I thought our marathon bear's number 1417 was perfect. If it decides to call home to Christian County, all he has to do is look at his ear tag to get the area code and start by dialing 1-417.
1417 has now moved south. To quote Jeff Beringer:
"Bear 1417 continues to move, he’s moved over 230 straight line miles since he started his dispersal in Christian county. He should be in pretty good bear range now. "