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Meeting on black bears set for Wednesday

FERRIDAY — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and University of Tennessee will host one of four planned statewide meetings at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Concordia Community Center in Ferriday.

University of Tennessee professor Joe Clark and Tennessee grad student Jared Laufenberg will lead presentations and answer questions afterwards. Laufenberg will present his project results entitled “Population dynamics and genetic structure of the Louisiana black bears in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Louisiana.”

“Primarily, it’s going to be a wrapup of all the work we’ve done over the last seven or eight years involving black bears,” said Large Carnivore Biologist Sean Murphy.

The Louisiana black bear is currently listed as threatened on the federal Endangered Species Act.

Other meetings will be hosted in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Tallulah.

For more information, contact Maria Davidson at 337-948-0255.