UPDATE: Ballwin Bear Moves West

Distinct markings suggest same bear seen in Wright City

Kevin Killeen
July 09, 2018 - 4:31 pm

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The bear that startled Ballwin last month appears to have moved west, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

"What appeared to be that same bear that was in Ballwin showed up in Wright City, and then two days later it showed up in Marthasville," said Nuisance Wildlife Biologist Tom Meister.

Meister says the bear seen in Wright City and Marthasville had distinct markings that matched the Ballwin bear.

"Basically the color -- it had a unique brownish, cinnamon color," Meister said. "And then it had some black on its face and its belly and underside."

The bear was seen in Marthasville two weeks ago, and hasn't been seen since, Meister said.

He believes it may have wandered into more wooded areas away from humans and its recent foray into the suburbs.

Meanwhile, in Southwest Missouri, Meister says DNA tests on a dead elk confirm the presence of a mountain lion.

Meister says since the 1990s, there have been 72 confirmed mountain lion sightings in the state, including a few in Warren County. But he says only one female has been found in the state, suggesting there's no active breeding among mountain lions in Missouri.