LDWF holds public meetings on Black Bear Research

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 08/05 2014 10:48AM

Updated 08/05 2014 10:52AM

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will provide an update on black bear research through a series of public meetings.

The sessions will take place Aug. 12-14 in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Ferriday and Tallulah. The results of a recently completed University of Tennessee PhD project will be presented.

Meeting times and locations are as follows:
  • Aug. 12 at 10 a.m.    LDWF HQ LA Room                        2000 Quail Dr., Baton Rouge
  • Aug. 12 at 6 p.m.      USFWS Building                             646 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette
  • Aug. 13 at 6 p.m.      Concordia Community Center      26356 Hwy 15, Ferriday
  • Aug. 14 at 6 p.m.      Tallulah Community Center          800 Beech St, Tallulah
PhD candidate Jared Laufenberg will present his project results entitled "Population dynamics and genetic structure of the Louisiana black bears in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Louisiana." 

Before delisting can occur, bear subpopulations in Tensas and Atchafalaya river basins have to be sustainable with a corridor to connect those two sustainable subpopulations.  This research addresses those questions. 

 Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer period to allow for general discussion about bears in Louisiana and living with bears.  For more information, contact Maria Davidson at (337) 948-0255 or mdavidson@wlf.la.gov.

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