Louisiana Officials On The Lookout For Bear

Newsday, Bear Hunting Magazine

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Lafayette Parish Sheriffs deputies are on the lookout for a black bear that was spotted in a residential neighborhood on Sunday.

The bear was spotted by a resident in a neighborhood near Constitution Drive in Maurice on Sunday afternoon. Lt. Craig Stansbury, Lafayette Parish Sheriffs Office spokesman, said the resident placed a 911 call that day about a bear.

He said deputies then contacted the Wildlife and Fisheries Department, who has been trying to locate the bear for some time. Maria Davidson, Large Carnivore Program Manager for the department, said St. Mary and Iberia parishes have a coastal population of bears.

It is not rare, she said, for a bear to wonder up the Vermilion River in search of food. Davidson said residents should head to a secure place if they spot the bear and try to contact 911 about the potentially dangerous animal.

Do not try to feed it under any circumstances, she said.

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