Mississippi bears, Alabama and BBQ

Vermin93

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I drove from Chattanooga to Dallas yesterday and just outside of Vicksburg, Mississippi on I-20 I saw a bear crossing sign. I had never seen a bear crossing sign before and I had no idea there are or ever were bears in Mississippi. Apparently there used to be a lot and now there are very few. They were listed as an endangered species in Mississippi almost 30 years ago. They are trying to bring the population back with habitat improvement, but they are challenged because many of the bears in Mississippi are transient males passing through from surrounding States. I also did not know that the origin of the "Teddy Bear" is from Mississippi. Pretty interesting stuff.

Black Bears in Mississippi: Past and Present

On another note, I had never driven across Alabama before but the part I drove across yesterday was beautiful country. I had a different image of Alabama in my head. Figured it would be more like Mississippi. I did not realize that Alabama has so much rolling hill country. Not quite as beautiful as East Tennessee, but still really pretty country.

It took me almost 14 hrs to make the trip with a few stops on the way for fuel and pork BBQ. Overall it was a pretty cool road trip.
 

Nimrod777

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I'd never heard of that, either, but I reckon bears can find a lot to do in states with swamps that prohibit too much human incursion. Sounds like a good trip.
 

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Once ya get east of Texas, you don't really have to say "pork bbq". It's the same way going to Texas, it's beef bbq there and everyone knows it. I'm partial to both.
 

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South Alabama, namely Mobile, Baldwin and Washington counties have a small population of bears. My Farm is on the far northernmost part of their range. We've seen tracks about 4-5 different times but only one sighting of a bear.
 

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