Black bear population estimated at 225 in Missouri

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | 7:21 a.m. CDT; updated 9:39 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 19, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — A pair of bears remains at the center of Missouri's state flag, even though hunting and human encroachment nearly wiped out the state's bear population by the 1940s.