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Wildlife & Habitat

Photo of a Louisiana black bear in a tree

Tensas River NWR is a haven for all types of wildlife.  From enormous Louisiana black bears to the tiniest of amphibians, the refuge is home to over 400 different species.

  • Birds

    Prothonotary warbler

    Many different species of birds inhabit Tensas River NWR.  From tiny hummingbirds and warblers to large wild turkeys, birds of all shapes and sizes call this refuge "home."  Some birds are year-round residents and others are only here for a portion of the year.  A printable Refuge bird species check-list can be found here.  Click below to learn more about some of the species that live on Tensas River NWR! 

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  • Mammals

    Louisiana black bear cubs

    Mammals abound on Tensas River NWR.  Game species that are commonly found on the refuge and are popular with hunters are white-tailed deer, squirrels, and raccoons.  Other non-game species also inhabit the refuge, including the huge Louisiana black bear.  Click below to learn more about some of the species that live on Tensas River NWR! 

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  • Amphibians and Reptiles

    American alligator

    Several species of amphibians and reptiles live on the refuge.  Some, like alligators and frogs, mostly live in wetland areas.  Other species of snakes and some lizards prefer drier, upland sites.  Click below to learn more about some of the species that live on Tensas River NWR!

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  • Fish

    Fishing in Whitney Lake

    Fish are plentiful in the lakes, sloughs, and bayous that are part of the refuge along with the Tensas River itself.  Many of these species are popular with fishermen.  Click below to learn more about some of the species that live on Tensas River NWR! 

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  • Invertebrates

    Spider

    Invertebrates are some of the most important inhabitants of the refuge.  They serve as food for larger animals and provide important ecosystem benefits such as breaking down litter on the forest floor.  Click below to learn more about some of the species that live on Tensas River NWR! 

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  • Habitats

    Bottomland hardwood forest - Promo list - 150 x 118

    A diversity of habitat types on Tensas River NWR allows for a diversity of wildlife species!  From open water wetlands and bottomland hardwood forests to croplands, the variety of habitats a visitor can see on the refuge is incredible.  Click below to learn more about some of the habitats that make up Tensas River NWR! 

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Page Photo Credits — Louisiana Black Bear - ©Brian Monser, Prothonotary warbler - ©Daniel Johnson, Louisiana black bear cubs, American alligator - USFWS, Fishing in Whitney Lake - USFWS, Spider - USFWS, Bottomland hardwood forest - USFWS
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2014
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