A bear sighting was recorded near the entrance to the channel between Big and Little Bass Lake a few years ago indicating that bears have returned to the area. Nearby bear swamp should be a safe home for some of those bears. However those in the vacinity of the channel might opt to change that channel for maybe a fox or a raccoon over that of a bear.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has indicated that more and more bears are being sighted in the area including all the way down to Holland, Michigan. So bears HAVE returned to Big Bass Lake.