Louisiana State Mammal - Black Bear
Louisiana State Mammal

Black Bear

The black bear (Ursus americanus) was designated as the official state mammal of Louisiana in 1992, symbolizing the state's commitment to wildlife conservation and its rich natural heritage. The Louisiana black bear, specifically the subspecies known as the Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus), is native to the bottomland hardwood forests, swamps, and marshes of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley region in the state. Once listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, concerted conservation efforts have successfully aided in the recovery of the Louisiana black bear population, showcasing the state's dedication to preserving its unique ecosystems and the iconic black bear that calls Louisiana home.

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