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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Bear Spotted in Ballwin

June 18, 2018 - 7:28 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - If you live in Ballwin, put the trash in the garage and keep the dog inside.

Police in Ballwin got the call late Sunday night around 8:30 from a resident in the 700 block of Oak Run Lane who said he saw a “large bear” in the common ground between Oak Run Lane and the Castle Pines subdivision.

Ballwin police were in touch with the Missouri Department of Conservation to let them know about it, and they have also asked any residents that may see the bear to call police dispatch immediately.

In the past couple of weeks, bears have been spotted in Pevely and Festus, but not in St. Louis County proper.