Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

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.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Louisiana Black Bear Dead

A 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.

"It was a marked bear that had been caught about 14 years ago," he said.  "It was partially decomposed, bu the person who picked it us said he was guessing it weighted up to 500 pounds."

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.

In Warren County, a Louisiana black bear was spotted on Davis Island in the Mississippi River earlier this spring.  Brad Young, Black Bear Program leader for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, has said the black bear population is rising.

About 120 live in the state, up from about 50 in 2002. ~The Vicksburg Post


CDGardens said...

It is good to read that the bear population continues to grow even with the misfortune of so many becoming a road casualty.

Marian Love Phillips said...

Me too CDGardens...I've never seen a bear in the wild but only crossings for bear south of town.

Ian Nance said...

About a month ago, a 600 pound bear was found dead in the panhandle of was a biggun!

Long Ridge Deer Camp said...

Interesting post Marian! I had no idea the black bear was endangered in those states.. Here in NH as a cop we have about three or four road kills of bear and moose each year in the City. Forty years ago, black bear were protected here and rare. Now they are everywhere, and we have a lengthy hunting season for them...

Marian Love Phillips said...

It's sad to hear about bears that are found dead...that is a big one Ian!

Yes, Jack they are endangered here in MS and LA. It seems like we learn something new everyday. Good to know that you can hunt them in NH. Good Luck on your bear harvest!

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