Whitewater resident Phillip O’Kelly spotted a 3-year-old black male bear as it emerged from the wooded area near his Whitewater home Friday morning. The bear ran off when he heard the noise. He says the bear was wearing a collar and ear tag, wasn’t aggressive but just looking around. Missouri Department of Conservation bear biologist Jeff Beringer says he has tracked this particular bear about 400 miles from Christian County. The bear was tagged when it was 18 months old. Bollinger County Conservation agent Jeff Scott said it is normal behavior for male bears to travel 100 to 200 miles away from their families in search of territory and a mate. Scott said it is uncommon for a bear to travel 400 miles. Multiple calls about the bear were received last week. There are 300 to 400 bears in Missouri that all reside in the southern third of the state, from Springfield to Cape Girardeau. Department of Conservation spokeswoman Candice Davis says the bear in Whitewater did not show any aggression so use caution and not feed bears and be careful with trash in order to reduce any chances of bears and people interacting.