The Atchafalaya River Basin is home to one of America’s largest river and wetlands systems, stretching over eight Louisiana parishes. The Basin boasts the largest contiguous block of forested wetlands in the Lower Mississippi Valley. The Cajun people migrated to Louisiana in the 1760s from present-day Nova Scotia, and many came to settle along the Atchafalaya River.
After 24 years of 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.
Effective immediately, bowhunters may carry any caliber of firearm for personal protection afield.