For Immediate Release
December 3, 1999

Contact: Tom MacKenzie 404/679-7291

Theodore Roosevelt IV to "Collar" Bear

Radio-Collaring and Data Collection to help recovery

WHO: Theodore Roosevelt IV

WHAT: Instead of hunting bears, Teddy Roosevelt's great grandson is helping track them.Theodore Roosevelt IV will place a radio collar (radio transmitter) on a captured Louisiana black bear. He will help U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologists weigh it, check it's general health and gather research data to help recover the threatened species.

WHERE: Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, LA

WHEN: 8:00 a.m. Monday December 13, 1999

WHY: Promote national awareness of:

  • the ongoing recovery efforts for the Louisiana black bear
  • the importance of habitat restoration in its recovery
  • the importance of public and private programs contributing to this recovery.

The Louisiana black bear was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1992. This listing was the impetus for the creation of the Black Bear Conservation Committee, a cooperative group of Federal, State and private entities focused on restoring the Louisiana black bear. About 100 Fish and Wildlife Service personnel, school kids, members of the Tensas River Refuge Association (friends group), Black Bear Conservation Committee representatives, news media, and local dignitaries will be present.


From Vicksburg, MS: I-20 West to Tallulah, Hwy 65 to Hwy 80, West to Quebec. Turn Left onto Quebec Road. Go South about 9 miles to the Visitors Center. From Monroe, LA: I-20 East to Waverly, Hwy 577 North to Hwy 80, East to Quebec.. Right onto Quebec Road. Go South about 9 miles to the Visitor Center. This is one of a series of events in Louisiana and Mississippi this week to highlight the importance of restoration of the Mississippi Delta. Other events: Monday afternoon: Theodore Roosevelt IV speech at historic Warren County Courthouse, Vicksburg, MS. Tuesday: Roosevelt meets with historian Shelby Foote at Onward, MS to talk about the history of the original bear hunts in 1902 & 1907 and the origin of the "Teddy Bear."

Release #: R99-091


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