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In this May 17, 2015 photo, a Louisiana Black Bear, sub-species of the black bear that is protected under the Endangered Species Act, is seen in a water oak tree in Marksville, La. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list of threatened species. That could make the subspecies Louisiana’s third signature animal to get off the endangered or threatened list, after alligators and brown pelicans. It could also allow bear hunts in Louisiana, but not any time soon. The process could take a year if nobody fights it. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana black bear could move off threatened-species list

Federal and Louisiana officials say it’s time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list of threatened species.

Removal from the list would let hunters kill at least a few of the bears that inspired plush “Teddy’s bears” after President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a tied-up animal for a hunt trophy in 1902 near Rolling Fork, Mississippi.

The process of delisting the bear could take a year if nobody fights it.

Local Sierra Club Chairman Harold Schoeffler, whose legal action prompted the listing, says he will take it to court.

Louisiana black bears once ranged throughout Louisiana, southern Mississippi and eastern Texas. Now they’re found in four areas in Louisiana.

 

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One comment

  1. Absolutely not, they should stay on the list. Honestly, if you are just going to kill for fun, what’s the point.

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