Louisiana Black Bear

U.S. Endangered Species


This bear is one of 16 subspecies of the American black bear. It is different than other black bears because of its skull. The skull is longer, more narrow, and flat. The Louisiana black bear has proportionately large molar teeth as well. This bear has become endangered because of human occupation of land, hunting, and habitat destruction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published the Louisiana Black Bear Recovery Plan in 1995. This plan was meant to sustain current populations of the bears and link different populations together.