BEST PLACES FOR OHIO BLACK BEARS
Forested areas in:
• Northeast Ohio (Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Trumbull, & Tuscarawas counties)
• Southeast Ohio (Belmont, Hocking, Lawrence, Noble & Washington counties)
This endangered species occurs in forested habitats throughout the eastern half of Ohio. During 2011, 152 black bear sightings were reported to the Division of Wildlife. The number of sightings was slightly down from the 163 sightings received during 2010; the estimated number of individual bears (89 in 2011; 87 in 2010) and numbers of verified sightings (60 in 2011; 64 in 2010), however, were similar. Because of the large amount of unoccupied, suitable forest habitat available in eastern Ohio, the state’s black bear population is expected to continue to increase in abundance and distribution in future years.
Survey details and historical data can be found here.