Black bear Hangs in Bossier City Tree

Published: Apr. 19, 2006 at 2:51 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 20, 2006 at 4:10 PM CDT
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A USDA Wildlife Biologist drove all the way from Rayville just to tranquilize the bear. It took about 20 minutes for the bear to succumb to the shot. The 200 pound female black bear hung on to the limb it was resting on for a minute and then came down with a thud.

Wildlife biologists plan to take it to Rayville to remove the collar and find out where the bear came from. They believe it came from the Tensas Wildlife Refuge or the Atchafalaya Basin. Either way it was just another bear call to them. USDA Supervising Biologist Walter Cotton says, "we get a lot of bear calls, bear's eating corn, bear's hanging around the house, but we don't get many bears in town, that's about it".

It wasn't just another bear call in Central Park. Bossier City Police got the call around 5:30 on Tuesday afternoon. The woman who found the bear says she went outside to give her dog water, the dog barked and the bear made a noise from the tree. Cotton says there are about 700 to 1000 black bears throughout the state. This one just happened to stroll in to Bossier City.