Bears are beginning to return to eastern Kentucky on their own from neighboring states. As this trend continues, they'll likely push farther and farther west. Apparently they now have reached Pulaski County, which certainly has plenty of suitable habitat, at least along its eastern edge. I don't believe the government is releasing bears into Kentucky, but it is moving problem bears that are already there to less-populated areas. I think you can "look forward" to more bear sightings in your area over the coming years, but please keep in mind that your children are at far greater risk every time they ride in a car than they ever will be from bears and all other wildlife combined. Attacks by black bears on humans are extremely rare. Don't waste your time worrying about it!