Oct. 3 Public Meeting in Marksville to Provide Update on LDWF’s Black Bear Program

Release Date: 09/25/2012

Sept. 25, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a public meeting in Marksville on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. to present information about black bears in Louisiana. The meeting will be held at the Avoyelles Parish School Board office at 221 Tunica Drive West.

LDWF biologists will present an update on the Louisiana Black Bear Program and discuss various techniques the public can use to avoid contact with bears and prevent property damage.  Methods to prevent bears from gaining access to camps and buildings will be demonstrated and discussed.  Hunter/bear conflicts will be addressed and suggestions to avoid problems will be offered.  The future goals of LDWF bear management and the necessary steps to reach those goals will be presented.

Following the presentation there will be a question and answer period to allow for general discussion about the bears in Louisiana and living with bears.  There will also be examples of various bear deterrent devices on display. For more information contact:  Maria Davidson (337) 948-0255 or mdavidson@wlf.la.gov .

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.