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Black Bear Kills Calf in West Carroll Parish

Release Date: 05/02/2013

May 2, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is investigating the killing of a calf by a black bear in West Carroll Parish. The incident occurred on private property near Epps between sunset Wednesday, April 24 and sunrise Thursday, April 25.
 
LDWF Wildlife Division staff responded to the reported incident, performing a necropsy to determine the cause of the calf’s death. LDWF staff have worked to remove the bear by trapping and to monitor the site in the event the bear returns to feed on the calf carcass. The bear has not yet been trapped, nor has it returned to the site.
 
This is the first confirmed incident of a bear killing livestock since the department’s black bear program was created to restore the threatened species population in Louisiana. “It is unusual for black bears in Louisiana to exhibit predatory behavior.  They are primarily opportunistic omnivores, feeding on fruits, nuts, grains, carrion and when available, garbage,” said Maria Davidson, LDWF Large Carnivore Program Manager.
 
The Tensas River basin in the northeast corner of the state is one of three black bear population centers that also include the lower Atchafalaya Basin and Pointe Coupee Parish. 
 
LDWF advises the public that black bear activity begins to increase as warm spring temperatures increase their movement as they search for food sources.  Encounters with bears can be minimized by securing all garbage and pet and livestock feed.  For more information on avoiding bear encounters and what to do if you encounter a bear go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/document/35221-bear-safety/new_general_bear.pdf .
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information, contact Maria Davidson, ph. 225-931-3061 or mdavidson@wlf.la.gov .
 

 

LDWF Presenting Black Bear Workshop in Rapides Parish on May 7

Release Date: 04/12/2013

April 12, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will present an educational workshop on Louisiana black bears on Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Rapides Parish.

The workshop will be held at the Deville Fire District 6 Training Center, also known as the Deville Community Multi-Use Building, located at 1244 Hwy.115 Deville, LA 71328. This is a free, wildlife education event that is open to the public. 

Black bears are becoming increasingly common in central Louisiana and this workshop will present information about living near and hunting within habitat that includes black bears. Topics will include bear biology/ecology, current and future management plans, how to avoid a bear encounter, and what to do if you encounter a black bear.

Speakers will include Maria Davidson, LDWF Large Carnivore Program manager, and other regional Wildlife Division biologists.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact David Hayden at 318-487-5885 or dhayden@wlf.la.gov.

 

LDWF Advisory on Black Bears in St. Mary Parish

Release Date: 03/11/2013

March 11, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is again advising St. Mary Parish residents to take precautions to minimize encounters with black bears. Today’s advisory follows the recent injury of a dog that chased a bear in a Patterson neighborhood.

Bears are seeking food sources in and around neighborhoods throughout the parish. This can include plentiful live oak acorns in people’s yards and unsecured garbage containers. Pet food containers left outdoors will also attract black bears.

LDWF has partnered with St. Mary Parish to provide homeowners bear-proof garbage containers to control this easy-access food source problem. Homeowners who already have bear-proof garbage containers are advised to make sure the cans are locked and not overfilled.

During this peak time of higher than normal bear activity, residents are advised to secure their dogs.  Bears are normally shy and non-confrontational, but will protect themselves and their cubs when chased by dogs.

LDWF will continue to set traps in neighborhoods where nuisance bears re-appear and work with the parish to ensure compliance with bear-proof garbage container instructions.  Intentional feeding of bears is against state law and violators are subject to citations.  Patrols in this area will increase during this time to help minimize problems.  Residents should report broken garbage containers to the St. Mary Parish bear conflict officer at 337-828-4100.  To report problems with bears call 1-800-442-2511.  

For more information, contact Maria Davidson, LDWF Wildlife Division, ph. 225-931-3061.

 

 

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