Louisiana Black Bear Taken Off Endangered Species List

Posted: Mar 11 2016, 4:23am CST | by , Updated: Mar 11 2016, 4:59am CST, in Latest Science News


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The inspiration for the teddy bear, the Louisiana Black Bear, was taken off the endangered species list. Its population levels have rebounded after a sharp dip in the past.

Some rare species have been literally reawakened from the dead. Their lessening populations have sprung into action and now they are back to being present on the earth in droves and flocks.

Take the case of the inspiration behind the teddy bear, the Louisiana Black Bear. It will be struck off the endangered species list today. Originally, it made it to the list due to a loss of its habitat and dwindling numbers way back in 1992.

The Endangered Species Act is a heuristic meant to help preserve the species that are most at risk of dying off. Over 99% of the species that are on the list have been saved through the efforts of conservationists since the last four decades or so.

According to a director of an agency, the recovery of the Louisiana Black Bear is an outstanding conservation accomplishment. The Black Bear got its nickname and monicker when President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot one that was trapped during a hunting trip in 1902.

This was portrayed in the form of a political caricature that appeared in The Washington Post. A candy store owner and his spouse started making toy stuffed bears for children upon seeing this cartoon and they got named teddy bears.

Ever since then the legend of the teddy bear has inspired so many. It is a case of a real life event that gave birth to an industry of children’s stuffed fuzzy wuzzy animal toys. Had President Teddy Roosevelt been present today, he would have been very happy at what he inspired in historical terms.

Many groups of society got together to restore the habitat of the Louisiana Black Bear. Today it is safe and sound and not on the endangered species list. It is a miracle of conservation and care.

The farmers of Louisiana especially played a crucial role in the relentless efforts that got made to rehabilitate the bear. In 1992, there were about 150 bears left in the woods.

Today their numbers have jumped back to 500 to 750. They roam the areas of Louisiana and Mississippi. The beloved teddy bear phenomenon is back with a vengeance and it is all for the best.

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