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Featured Species | Louisiana Black Bear (08:42)

Host: Sarah Leon with Debbie Fuller

Louisiana Black Bear (click to view larger)
Louisiana black bear
Photo credit: Gary Stolz


Status: Threatened/ January 7, 1992
Scientific Name: Ursus americanus luteolus
Description: The Louisiana black bear was once a common inhabitant of forested regions of eastern Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Decline of this species, throughout its range, was due to depletion of populations through over harvest by humans, and to loss and fragmentation of suitable forested habitats.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011