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Bears on the move Alabama’s bear population is around 400 and growing, state biologists say. Bears are naturally shy and can even live near a residential area without being seen. Read more about these powerful predators beginning on Page 40.

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One of spring’s most stunning sights, the annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival takes flight soon.

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Oven-baked goodness

Alabama’s Jordan Fisher, winner of “Dancing with the Stars,” has been singing, dancing and acting most of his life.

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9 Spotlight 30 Gardens 29 Around Alabama 40 Outdoors 43 Fish & Game Forecast 44 Cook of the Month 54 Hardy Jackson’s Alabama ONLINE: alabamaliving.coop ON THE COVER: Baldwin County will welcome hot air balloons from throughout the country as the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Fest takes to the skies.

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