Posted: Sep 21, 2010 11:47 AM
Updated: Sep 21, 2010 11:49 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The first-ever scientific count shows
Louisiana's largest black bear concentration, in a northeastern
refuge, had about 300 animals in 2008.
State biologist Mike Hooker, who recently completed analysis of
data collected from 2006-08, said nearly 50 sows and about 100 cubs
were moved from the area during that period to build up bear
numbers elsewhere in the state.
Hooker's study is the first of several that will decide whether
the Louisiana black bear - inspiration for teddy bears - should
still be considered threatened.
Harold Schoeffler, who filed the Sierra Club lawsuit that got
the bears onto the federal list of threatened species in 1992, said
numbers are increasing, but bears still face many threats.