Yes, there are black bears in Texas. Wildlife experts share bear hazing safety protocols
Thanks to successful black bear conservation efforts over the last two decades, the iconic species is making a return to Texas. The black bear is a protected species and is still considered rare for the state of Texas, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife officials. Black bears have a protected status in Texas as they are still a threatened species and it’s against the law to hunt, harass or kill them. One such instance occurred on Oct. 16 when a black bear sow and her cub were spotted in the city limits of Del Rio. Male black bears weigh 150 to over 350 pounds and typically range over an average of 20,000 acres while female black bears weigh 120 to 250 pounds and range over an average of 5,000 acres, according to TPWD officials.