(photo from internet)When I was researching this special animal, I learned some interesting facts. Since 1988, hunting season for The Louisiana Black Bear has been closed. This guy is protected. He is federally listed as a threatened species. This wasn't always the case. A record in the 1890's showed that at least 17 parishes contained bears-mostly in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya area. By the 1950's, the population was considered "sparse" with an estimated 80-120 bears. From 1964-1967, 161 Black Bears were trapped up in Cook County, Minn and released in the Louisiana and Mississippi areas in an effort to help re stock the population. This map is where the Bears are at now.
(pic taken from internet)The female usually weighs around 120-250 lbs and the males weigh around 150-350. These guys are pretty darn smart and can give farmers a lot of grief. Have you guys ever come across one?? Apparently there is quite a few bears at the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge located west of Tallulah. The Bears hide in the thick bottomland forest. In 1907, Teddy Roosevelt hunted the Black Bear just north of here and the nick name "teddy bear" came about from an incident that occurred during the hunt.
I read that Disneynature is releasing a movie called "Bears" on April 18th~ 4 days before Earth Day.
What is Earth Day? A day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. And, a day to teach about environmental issues. Love this- I can't wait to do something in honor of this day with my kids.. Brent would tell you that I am kind of a tree hugger. What have you guys done in the past with your family?? Planted a tree??
So, back to the shirt...Its right now, only available for the kids. Sizes 2t,4t,6t, 8, 10 and 12 $24 each. We printed it on a super cool bright orange shirt
(this is the original pen and ink drawing)He is printed in black (of course) and could be worn by both boys and girls.
order online at www.mrpstees.bigcartel.com.
(Mr P--pre haircut!!hahah in his new Black Bear tee)
Thanks for reading!!!