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Louisiana Black Bear

Louisiana Black Bear

Animal's Behavior

Males are solitary except during breeding season; keen sense of smell, considered intelligent and shy.

Eating Habits

Opportunistic feeders, these bears will eat almost anything but mainly vegetable matter, insect larvae, berries and nuts.


Hardwood bottomland forests of Louisiana

Conservation Efforts

Several entities are involved in Louisiana black bear conservation efforts, including the Black Bear Conservation Committee, a partnership of private and public agencies, companies and landowners.

Animal Facts

  • It’s important that bears not become acclimated to people. Bears will easily adapt to foraging through human garbage, which could lead to them being killed by worried landowners. For the safety of both bears and people, the bears must maintain their natural and instinctive fear of people.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Ursus americanus luteolus


Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Theria, Eutheria, Carnivora, Ursidae

Place of Birth

Eastern Texas into western Mississippi


Males up to 400 pounds, 7 feet long


Black hair with brownish muzzle


25- 30 years

Conservation Status


Where to See

Audubon Zoo

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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