Louisiana black bear, an endangered animal, was found dead on the shoulder of I-20 near Tallulah about a week ago, officials said.
Mike Hook, who is the large carnivore biologist with the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said his department picked up the body of the 13-14-year-old bear after a report to the Madison Parish Sheriff's Department.
Hook said this bear probably had roamed from the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge near Tallulah or it might have been heading that way since there is a large habitat in the area.
This kind of road hill is common for this time of year based on two events, Hook said.
"Mothers that have yearling bears are weaning their bears and sending them on their own," he said. "Females tend to stay close to their mothers. The young males go everywhere. They are the equivalent of a 13-year-old boy. They wander off.
"The second," Hook said, "is that it's breeding season. The big males are doing the same thing, but they have a purpose in life - they're breeding. Most of these road kills are males, usually adult males."
Last year, Hook estimated nearly 30 black bears were killed by vehicles. So far, he is aware of three, including the carcass near Tallulah and two in south Louisiana.
"You never know where a bear will get hit," he said. "More often than not, there are no accidents reports."
The bears' skulls are preserved for study. Hook said.
Black bears, omnivorous animals, are listed as endangered in Louisiana and Mississippi, and it is illegal to harm them.
A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter
Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.
Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.