U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Delists Louisiana Black Bear

by
posted on March 17, 2016
ahwire_ah2015_fs.jpg

After 24 years of dedicated recovery efforts, the black bear is back in the bayou. Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that it would be removing the Louisiana black bear from the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.

A proposal to delist the black bear was submitted last May, and spent most of the ensuing year in review. The decision to delist the species was published in the Federal Register on March 11, 2016. The announcement marks the end of the Louisiana black bear's 24-year run on the list. It is a subspecies of black bear unique to Louisiana, western Mississippi and eastern Texas.

Efforts to restore the bear's population required the assistance of many of the region's farmers and landowners. The majority of the Louisiana black bear's habitat falls on private lands, where the U.S. Department of Agriculture worked with farmers to restore more than 485,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forests. When the bear was listed in 1992, as few as 150 were estimated to be in Louisiana. Today, up to 750 bears are believed to live across the species' current range.

The Louisiana black bear has its own place in history, of course, because of President Theodore Roosevelt. It was the species of bear that he famously spared in 1902, which led to a political cartoon that would inspire the birth of the teddy bear.

For more information, go to FWS.gov.

Latest

Benelli SBE3 28 Gauge 3 Inch Lead
Benelli SBE3 28 Gauge 3 Inch Lead

New for 2022: Benelli SBE3 28-Gauge, 3-Inch

For 2022, Benelli raises the bar in the growing sub-gauge movement with the release of the 28-gauge Super Black Eagle 3, featuring a 3-inch chamber.

First Look: TNT T-Rex Pro Treestand in Realtree Edge Camo

Weighing in at just 21 pounds, the True North Treestands (TNT) T-Rex self-climber in Realtree Edge camo is a stand-up/sit-down style all-aluminum stand that features True North's new patent-pending "T-Rex” toothed dual-cable design and the Rapid Claw attachment system.

First Look: Primos Trigger Stick Apex Carbon Fiber Tripod

With carbon-fiber-wrapped aluminum legs and a solid Apex-Clamp design, the Trigger Stick Apex Carbon Fiber Tripod allows firearms or crossbows to be secured to it.

Browning Introduces New A5 Sweet Sixteen Shotguns

Browning’s A5 Sweet Sixteen lineup grows with several new models for designed for upland and waterfowl hunting.

New for 2022: Ruger-Made Marlin 1895 SBL

The first Marlin to be produced at Ruger’s factory, the new 1895 SBL, with its classic style and rugged reliability, lives up to the hype.

First Look: Realtree Max-7 Camouflage

Realtree has designed Max-7 to conceal hunters in virtually every scenario and any waterfowl environment.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.