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How common are black bears in Louisiana?

How common are black bears in Louisiana?

The LDWF estimates there are currently between 700 to 1,000 in the state of Louisiana.

Are there black bears in the swamps of Louisiana?

The Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus), one of 16 subspecies of the American black bear, is found in parts of Louisiana, mainly along the Mississippi River Valley and the Atchafalaya River Basin. It was classified as ‘threatened’ under the U.S. Endangered Species Act from 1992-2016.

Are there any black bears in Louisiana?

Louisiana’s official state mammal, the Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus) is also the state’s most recent conservation success story.

How big does a Louisiana black bear get?

Adult males average between 300 and 400 pounds but can weigh more than 500 pounds. Adult females average 120 to 200 pounds. Found primarily in the forested wetlands of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley; however, have been sighted in almost every parish in Louisiana.

Are there mountain lions in Louisiana?

The mountain lion, cougar, panther or puma are all names that refer to the same animal. Because of the lack of physical evidence, LDWF has concluded Louisiana does not have an established, breeding population of cougars.

Are there Black Panthers in Louisiana?

But the truth is there are no black panthers in Louisiana.” Black panther hoaxes, as well as reported sightings of large tan cats like cougars or mountain lions, become so numerous during hunting season that Barham’s department recently issued a news release in an attempt to debunk the myth.

How many black bears are left in Louisiana?

Currently we estimate that between 500 and 750 Louisiana black bears roam the United States, approximately double the population size at the time of listing. We have used techniques such as live trapping, winter den inspections, radio telemetry monitoring, and DNA sampling to determine population size.