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Louisiana prepping to create hunting season for black bears



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According to Louisiana District 33 State Senator Stewart Cathey, Jr, the Louisiana Wildlife Commission has set the stage to create a hunting season for black bears.

Bears were hunted to minimal populations in the 1960s but over the past couple of years, their population has resurged to the point that they were removed from the endangered species list in 2015.

In Vicksburg, a bear was seen crossing Clay Street near the YMCA earlier this year and captured on camera by a local youth.


Bear spotted in Vicksburg: Photo by Janet Robert Windham

Announced on Social Media

In a post to his social media page Senator Cathey, Jr of Louisiana said, “Yesterday, I had the privilege of addressing the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission regarding the need for a Bear Season. Last year, I had legislation to create the season, but due to legal challenges did not run the bill. Instead I chose to work with the LDWF as we establish the rules and regulations for the season. As a result of this partnership, I am proud to announce that we will begin bear season in 2024. The Black Bear has become a nuisance in many parts of the state and disrupted hunters and farmers. I am excited to have played a part in this new season and look forward to next season!”



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