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  • A biologist taking a health assessment for a tranquilized bear
    Information icon Dwight LeBlanc with bear named “Liberty.” The bear was eating watermelons and corn and overturning beehives near Woodville, Wilkinson County, MS. Photo courtesy of Dwight LeBlanc.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture’s wildlife services plays key role in Louisiana black bear recovery

    March 10, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Back in the old days – in the early 90’s – when the Louisiana black bear was first listed under the Endangered Species Act, the Black Bear Conservation Committee (BBCC) was formed and USDA’s Wildlife Services was a key component. “We suggested to the first chair of the group that in order for recovery to succeed, they had to address the human/bear conflicts that would arise – both immediate and future conflicts – as a result of increasing numbers of bears,” said Dwight LeBlanc, Louisiana Wildlife Services state director.  Learn more...

News

  • Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison.
    Louisiana black bear cubs. Photo by Brad Young, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

    The teddy bear is back: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delists Louisiana black bear due to recovery

    March 10, 2016 | 5 minute read

    TALLULAH, LA – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that due to 24 years of dedicated recovery efforts by a broad array of partners, the Louisiana black bear—the inspiration for the teddy bear—will be removed from the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The species restoration is a significant conservation success and further demonstrates the value of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Jewell was joined by U.  Read the full story...

  • A Louisiana black bear standing in a grassy clearing
    Information icon Louisiana black bear. Credit: Pam McIlhenny, used with permission.

    Service announces public hearings on proposal to delist Louisiana black bear

    June 12, 2015 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding two public hearings in Louisiana to give the public opportunities to comment on its May 21, proposal to delist the Louisiana black bear. The Service is seeking comments regarding biological data, relevant data concerning any threats, and the extent of federal and state protection and management that would be provided to the bear as a delisted species. Other requested comments concern current or planned activities that may impact or benefit the bear.  Read the full story...

  • Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison.
    Louisiana black bear cubs. Photo by Brad Young, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

    Secretary Jewell, Governor Jindal announce proposal to remove Louisiana black bear from endangered species list

    May 20, 2015 | 5 minute read

    BATON ROUGE, LA – Thanks to a highly successful public-private partnership spanning more than two decades, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the Louisiana black bear – the inspiration for the “Teddy Bear” – from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “The Louisiana black bear symbolizes how the Endangered Species Act can be a remarkably effective tool to protect and recover threatened and endangered species when we work in close partnership with states and other stakeholders,” Jewell said.  Read the full story...

  • Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison.
    Louisiana black bear cubs. Photo by Brad Young, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

    Restoring Louisiana black bear habitat

    March 31, 2011 | 1 minute read

    Louisiana black bears were hard-hit in the last century by the conversion of their bottomland hardwood forest habitat into agricultural fields. By 1992, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the species as threatened with extinction. Since then, “tremendous progress has been made” in restoring their habitat, says Deborah Fuller, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species Program Coordinator in Lafayette, LA. At least 200,000 acres in Louisiana have been set aside to encourage the bear’s recovery – much of the land is at or near Bayou Teche and Tensas River National Wildlife Refuges.  Read the full story...

Wildlife

  • A Louisiana black bear standing in a grassy clearing
    Information icon Louisiana black bear. Credit: Pam McIlhenny, used with permission.

    Louisiana black bear

    The Louisiana black bear is the state mammal for Louisiana, and it is one of 16 subspecies of the American black bear. While the American black bear can be found across North America, the Louisiana black bear subspecies is only known to occur in Louisiana, East Texas and western Mississippi. Compared to other black bears, the Louisiana black bears skull is longer, narrower and flatter, with larger molar teeth.  Visit the species profile...

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