LOUISIANA BLACK BEAR PROGRAM

Louisiana black bear numbers declined to historic lows by the 1980’s due to habitat loss and overhunting. In 1992, the USFWS listed the Louisiana  black bear as “threatened” on the Threatened and Endangered Species list. The LDWF, along with federal, state and local partners, began the process of recovery with habitat restoration and active protection of bears.

Since 1992, more than 750,000 acres of habitat have been protected and/or restored. Bear numbers have steadily increased and a new subpopulation has been created. Recently completed long-term research indicated the Louisiana black bear population will likely persist over the next century. The Louisiana black bear was delisted as a threatened species on May 21, 2016.

The goal of the LDWF is to maintain a sustainable black bear population in suitable habitat throughout Louisiana for the benefit of the species and Louisianans. Bear management and conservation strategies include public education, research, population management, and habitat restoration.

For more information, contact Maria Davidson at 337-948-0255 or mdavidson@wlf.la.gov or Robert Gosnell at 225-763-5448 or rgosnell@wlf.la.gov