Posted: Nov 12, 2012 4:02 PM
Source: Associated Press
PATTERSON - A young female Louisiana black bear has been found dead along U.S. 90.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents say she probably was hit by a vehicle early Monday as she tried to cross the highway. Black bears are federally protected as a threatened species
The Daily Review reports that a wildlife veterinarian will necropsy the bear to check her age, whether she was pregnant, whether she was trapped before, her general health prior to death and her official cause of death.
Catherine Siracusa, St. Mary Parish black bear conflict officer, says this time of the year is a heavy foraging time and black bears are hard to see at night on the road.
She says "bear crossing" signs are out on U.S. 90 for a reason.