Black Bear spotted in Natchitoches City limits

A NPJ reader submitted a photo on June 19 showing a black bear roaming near the Stevens Circle area, off of University Parkway. This is across the street from the Grady Erwin Nature Area.

A black bear was also spotted on June 2 along the banks of Cane River, on Riverview Drive in the Natchez Area.

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, taking a bear during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days.  Anyone found guilty of shooting a black bear may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken black bear totaling $10,000.

Humans and bears can coexist successfully if humans modify or curtail behaviors that promote conflicts.

  • Never feed or approach bears.
  • Secure food, garbage, and recycling.
  • Remove bird feeders when bears are active.
  • Never leave pet food outdoors.
  • Clean and store grills.
  • Let your neighbors know if you see bears in your area.