The American black bear (Ursus americanus) is a medium-sized bear native to North America. It is the continent's smallest and most widely distributed bear species.

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Another Bear Makes Appearance In Residential Area

This latest bear sighting comes after bears have recently been seen in Ballwin and Pevely. 

June 26, 2018 - 9:54 am
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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) - There is new video of a bear sighting in the greater St. Louis area Tuesday morning. 

The latest video was shared by the St. Charles County Missouri Scanner Traffic Facebook page and was shot by a resident in Wright City, in the Harvest Acres Neighborhood. 

The video was from from Chadlin Andrews, who saw the bear in his neighbor's yard, Monday evening. He says his girlfriend spotted the bear before they got into his, she jumped into the vehicle and Andrews grabbed his gun he says. 

"He was very aware that I was there, he was looking at me," Andrews says. "And I walked forward about five feet and that's when he went behind the tree and then you can see in the video that's when he leans out and looks at me. Then went behind the tree again." 

He also says his girlfriends saw a small cub in the area. This comes after bears have been seen in Ballwin and Pevely, earlier this month.

Related: 'Bearmeister' Ready for Duty Should Missouri Bears Wander into Town

Here's a map of recent, reported bear sightings in Missouri:

Police urge residents to keep their pets inside and don't put your trash out until trash night.

Tom Meister, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, says younger bears, males no more than 18 months, are coming up from the Ozarks because their mothers have kicked them out after hibernation.

“These guys are out looking for their territory, out exploring, looking for food. They’re really hungry because they’ve been hibernating all winter, so they’ve found their way to Ballwin and communities around,” he says.

There are about 350 bears in Missouri. Meister says the bear population isn't a problem now, but he says the state could consider a limited hunting season in the future.