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Posts tagged: black bear

Targeted Efforts to Restore Wetlands Helped Louisiana Black Bear Recover

Posted by Justin Fritscher on May 02, 2016 at 10:42 AM
The Louisiana black bear's current range is in Louisiana and Mississippi along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers.

The Louisiana black bear's current range is in Louisiana and Mississippi along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers.

Louisiana black bears were in trouble. In the alluvial plain along the Mississippi River, highly fertile soil led to the historic conversion of bottomland hardwoods to cultivated cropland during the 1960s and 1970s when soybean prices reached record highs. By 1992, the bear had lost 80 percent of its habitat, and biologists estimated fewer than 200 remained.

But landowners who voluntarily restored wetland habitat on private lands reversed the bear’s downward trend, paving the way for its recovery.

May marks American Wetlands Month, a time to celebrate the importance of wetland ecosystems, including the bottomland hardwood forests that the Louisiana black bear needs. Read more >>

Tags: Louisiana, black bear, Working Lands for Wildlife, wetlands, bottomland hardwood, forests

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