Black bears have made a comeback in Louisiana and LDWF wants to help residents co-exist
Posted on 10/12/2017 12:16:00 PM.

As black bears have made a big comeback in the Bayou State, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries encourages Louisianans to visit Black bear expert for LDWF Maria Davidson says there is now more interaction between black bears and the public.

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LDWF confirms first wild cougar sighting in Louisiana since 2011
Posted on 12/21/2016 12:49:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting. 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries confirms the first sighting of a wild cougar in the state since 2011. It said a trail camera picture sent to the department in November out of Morehouse Parish is authentic. Maria Davidson is LDWF's Large Carnivore Program Manager. She says this is unusual as there is no cougar population here.
 (photo courtesy LDWF)
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Report: Louisiana black bears unlikely to become extinct
Posted on 11/20/2014 2:00:00 PM.
A new study from the US Geological Survey finds there's less than a one-percent chance of the Louisiana black bear population going extinct in the next 100 years. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist, Maria Davidson, says they hope this report will result in the Louisiana Black Bear being removed from the Endangered Species List. 

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LPB to air special highlighting comeback of the Louisiana Black Bear
Posted on 12/9/2013 8:41:00 AM.

LPB will air a documentary tonight that looks at the comeback of the Louisiana Black Bear. Black Bears have been on the Endangered Species List since 1992, when there were fewer than 300 of them in the world. Now there could be as many as one-thousand bears in the state.

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Louisiana Black Bear Population Growing Slowly
Posted on 8/6/2013 3:39:00 PM.

New studies by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service indicate Louisiana's black bear population is growing, albeit slowly. Maria Davidson is head of the Large Predators Program for state Wildlife & Fisheries. She says the federal study suggests there are about 500 black bears in areas across the state.
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