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  • A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor.

    Proposed listing of the Louisiana pinesnake under the Endangered Species Act, and the proposed 4(d) exemption rule

    October 5, 2016 | 7 minute readWhat action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is reopening the public comment period on its October 2016 proposal to list the Louisiana pinesnake as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service at the same time is proposing a series of exemptions to land management activities in what is called a “4(d) rule” because it refers to Section 4(d) of the ESA. Learn more...

    Louisiana pinesnake. Photo by Michael Sealy, USFWS.

  • A large black bear with a small cub nestled in the upper branches of a hardwood tree.

    Louisiana black bear removed from the list of threatened and endangered species due to recovery

    March 10, 2016 | 11 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on March 10, 2016, it will officially remove the Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus) from the Lists of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to recovery. The Service published a proposed rule to delist the bear on May 21, 2015. Why is the Service delisting the Louisiana black bear? Due to the efforts of the Service and its partners, the threats to the Louisiana black bear have been eliminated or reduced, and adequate regulatory mechanisms exist for its long-term protection. Learn more...

    Louisiana black bear female with her two cubs in a tree. Photo by Clint Turnage, USDA.



  • Two reddish brown hawks perched on a fence post.

    Harris’ hawks return to Texas

    February 9, 2010 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. A pair of Harris’ hawks, unlawfully captured in Texas and brought to North Carolina, were recently treated to a plane ride back to their south Texas home, the culmination of nearly two months of effort by law enforcement officers, raptor biologists, and Delta Air Lines. In October, officers with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department received a tip about the birds through their wildlife crime stoppers program. Learn more...

    Harris hawks. Photo by Emilio del Prado, CC BY-SA 2.0.


  • A small black bird with red eyes walks in the marsh grasses.

    Eastern black rail

    Black rails are the smallest rails in North America. One of four recognized subspecies of black rail, the eastern black rail is perhaps the most secretive. This small inhabitant of shallow salt and freshwater marshes is rarely seen and has a distinctive "kick-ee-doo" call that is often heard at night. Visit the species profile...

    Eastern black rail. Photo © Tom Johnson, used with permission, The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

  • A Louisiana black bear standing in a grassy clearing

    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...

    Louisiana black bear. Credit: Pam McIlhenny, used with permission.

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