A black bear has been spotted around the Nixa area.

Many residents have seen the bear and are taking pictures and posting them on social media.

If you see a bear, authorities say to move to safety first before snapping that photo. Then send the photo go the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Bears are on the move looking for food.   Bears will eat out of bird feeders, they will also eat outdoor pet food,  eat off grills, or eat the food in the trash. Keep these items locked up to avoid bear encounters.