Louisiana Bears Moving Due To Flooding

LDWF, Bear Hunting Magazine

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) wants to remind the public to be mindful of wildlife species forced into populated areas by flood waters from the Mississippi River and spillways.

Rising waters force wildlife from flooded habitat into adjacent residential and commercial areas where they may come into contact with residents. LDWF urges citizens to minimize contact with animals while they seek temporary refuge from their flooded home range and to not feed them.

Basic Tips:
Avoid areas where displaced wildlife has taken refuge.
Avoid interaction with and do not feed displaced wildlife.
Avoid roadways near flooded areas to reduce likelihood of disturbance and collisions with wildlife.

Black Bears in Louisiana remain on the federal Threatened and Endangered Species List. They are a species of concern during a flood incident, when high water moves bears out of their habitat within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. For assistance with black bears that may be forced into populated areas by flood waters, call 1-800-442-2511.

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