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May 24, 2011 6:51 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI

Bears Spotted In St. Landry & Point Coupee

All kinds of animals are seeking higher ground as the Flood of 2011 unfolds.

And the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is responding as best they can. Somewhere between a dozen and 20 bears have been spotted in St. Landry and Point Coupee. Reports of bears in Arnaudville-- in Morganza.

Lt. Donald Salpietra says, "Just recently one was hit by a train, we went and got the body off the tracks- it had come from the spillway."

An agents mans a mobile command post off highway 190 24 hours a day, so if you see spot bear it's better to call the agency-- don't take matters into your own hands.

"It's a federal offense to shoot a bear." Lt. Salpietra tells us.

Johnathan Bordelon is a biologist for Wildlife and Fisheries dept, he says bears are good swimmers and know when it's time to get away from flood areas: But while they're looking for new homes- out of the forest- remember this.

"Keep your trash inside and it's best to keep any temptations away from them." Bordelon said.

And you know when agents catch a bear, they place a GPS tracker on it so they can watch the bear's movements, that's how right now they know there is a bear somewhere in the area off the bridge and they hope to find it and move it before it gets into anyone's yard.



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