Posted: Sep 21, 2010 10:52 AM
Source: Associated Press
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.