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Louisiana Black Bear - "Recovered"

Ouchley
K. Ouchley
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A few days ago while driving through the D'Arbonne Swamp north of West Monroe, I was treated with a stunning sight.  I caught a glimpse of a large animal ahead on the road shoulder, and my first impression was that it must be a hog.  As I got closer it became obvious that it was a bear - shiny black and beautiful in the early morning light.  He wheeled and ran down the road bank, across a shallow ditch, and into the D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge.  Until recent years this encounter would have been nigh on impossible.

  

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