Teddy Bear News

Louisiana Black Bear listed as threatened
Author: teddygirl | Sunday March 12, 2006

The Louisiana black bear lives in the Tensas and Atchafalaya River Basins in Louisiana and the Delta region of Mississippi. This bear is the one that inspired the famous Clifford Berryman cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt and the bear cub, and this bear is one of the deep South’s last large wild animals.

Because of loss of habitat and poaching, the Louisiana black bears’ numbers have decreased and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services currently lists the species as “threatened.”

Conservation groups such as National Wildlife Federation and Black Bear Conservation Committee are working to protect and restore forests and wetlands. Restoring wetlands also has another benefit: lessen the effects of flooding.

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