According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office, a black bear, being monitored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, is moving through St. Tammany Parish.
The bear was spotted this week in the area of Perilloux Rd. and Hwy 22 east of Madisonville .
“Officials from Wildlife tell us that the bear isn’t terribly aggressive,” said Sheriff’s spokesman George Bonnette. “But, certainly, we wanted to let our residents know that it’s out there.”
Bonnette says people should not approach or try to feed the bear.
“There still is the potential for harm,” he said.
Wildlife officials say the animal is a young adult Louisiana black bear, approximately 3 to 4 feet tall, weighing approximately 300 lbs. He is thought to be from Iberville Parish and is likely moving east.
According to officials with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, this type of bear is not predatory or aggressive by nature.
“Wildlife told me that their recommendation would be to treat it as a 300 pound stray dog,” Bonnette said.
Louisiana black bears are an endangered species, and are protected by federally and state laws.
Better yet, treat it like a 300 lb stray lion … one that can climb trees and outrun a horse.