Threatened and Endangered Species


The bald eagle was first listed on March 11, 1967, and several recovery plans have been written to recover the species. It is currently designated as threatened in its current range of the conterminous United States and Alaska. Although the bald eagle was recommended for delisting in 1999, it was determined additional data would be needed before taking this action. Current threats are loss of nesting habitat due to development along the coast and near inland rivers and waterways. Bald eagles are seen on Lacassine Refuge and it has habitat that could contribute to the well-being of this species.

The Louisiana black bear was first listed on January 7, 1992. It is currently designated as threatened in its entire range of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Lacassine Refuge is outside of known occupied habitat, defined as an area with resident reproducing female Louisiana black bears. It may receive rare use by transient animals, however, male Louisiana black bears can travel far from occupied habitats and have been documented in every parish in Louisiana at least once. Lacassine Refuge does not provide habitat typically used by bears, but such long-ranging individuals may pass through and use the area.