Restoring Louisiana Black Bear Habitat

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 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.

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