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Wildlife officials praise efforts to protect the Louisiana Black bear

Encouraging report about comeback of Louisiana Black bear Encouraging report about comeback of Louisiana Black bear
BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) -

On Thursday, March 10, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Tensas National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate a successful conservation partnership to protect and recover the Louisiana Black bear from the brink of extinction.

Jewell will highlight meaningful recovery efforts among federal, state, and local landowners for more than 20 years that have led to significant success for the bear – the inspiration for the iconic teddy bear.

Jewell will be joined by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, Interior's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Michael Bean and U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills. U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham, Louisiana Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Charlie Melancon and USFWS Southeast Regional Director Cindy Dohner will also attend.
 
The Endangered Species Act is an essential tool for conserving the nation's most at-risk wildlife, as well as the land and water on which they depend for habitat. The legislation has won praise for saving more than 99 percent of the species listed from the brink of extinction and has served as the critical safety net for wildlife that Congress intended when it passed the law more than 40 years ago.

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