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.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
An Orphaned Bear Club Gets A Mother
The head of Louisiana's large carnivore program said Sunday that she was able to leave the cub with a new family in the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge.
"I was happy to get the cub back out in a wild nest where he belongs," Maria Davidson said in an email Sunday.
This is the time of year when Davidson checks on all female Louisiana black bears that have been fitted with radio collars.
The orphaned cub's mother was ailing when Davidson checked her May 8, and died May 9 -- the day before Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that its subspecies had recovered enough to no longer need federal protection.
Mother bears with small cubs will readily adopt another, Davidson said. This cub, small for his age, needed a foster family with cubs about his own size.
The family Davidson found happened to have an unusually protective mama.
Though Davidson often sedates the mother bears to give them a checkup and microchip the cubs, recent heavy rains left too many big puddles to make that feasible.
"She could drown in just a small puddle. (And, there were LOTS of puddles around)," Davidson wrote.
So she and another biologist were just micro-chipping the cubs and cutting a tuft of hair for DNA analysis. Except for this bear's babies.
Most of Louisiana black bear females will move off when people approach. But when the biologist tried to microchip this female's cubs, the bear made several "bluff charges" to run them off.
"This female bear was in no mood to allow us to handle her babies or hang around! So, we wisely gave her the space she needed," Davidson wrote.
They left the orphaned cub in the den, then watched from a safe distance.
Davidson says that within 30 minutes, the female had moved all three cubs to a new den.
"She's a good Mama," Davidson wrote.