NEW ORLEANS – A young black bear that spent more than a week in a central Louisiana neighborhood has taken off to continue searching for a new home.
Dennis Carmouche of Marksville says that late Monday, the bear was caught in a trap set by state biologists, but it escaped.
State biologist Maria Davidson says that because the bear's now away from humans, he can just continue on his journey.
Davidson says the bear had been in Marksville about eight days. Much of that time, it had been in a big water oak between Carmouche's yard and his next-door neighbor's.
The Louisiana black bear is a subspecies listed as threatened. It's among 16 subspecies of the American black bear.