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Move for teddy bears? Some want Louisiana black bear, inspiration for toy, off threatened list

  • In this May 17, 2015 photo, a Louisiana Black Bear, sub-species of the black bear that is protected under the Endangered Species Act, stands next to a tree in Marksville, La. On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, federal and Louisiana officials said it's time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list of threatened species. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    In this May 17, 2015 photo, a Louisiana Black Bear, sub-species of the black bear that is protected under the Endangered Species Act, stands next to a tree in Marksville, La. On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, federal and Louisiana officials said it's time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list of threatened species. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this May 17, 2015 photo, a Louisiana Black Bear, sub-species of the black bear that is protected under the Endangered Species Act, sits in a water oak tree in Marksville, La. On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, federal and Louisiana officials said it's time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list of threatened species. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    In this May 17, 2015 photo, a Louisiana Black Bear, sub-species of the black bear that is protected under the Endangered Species Act, sits in a water oak tree in Marksville, La. On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, federal and Louisiana officials said it's time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list of threatened species. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this May 17, 2015 photo, a Louisiana Black Bear, sub-species of the black bear that is protected under the Endangered Species Act, sits in a water oak tree in Marksville, La. On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, federal and Louisiana officials said it's time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list of threatened species. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    In this May 17, 2015 photo, a Louisiana Black Bear, sub-species of the black bear that is protected under the Endangered Species Act, sits in a water oak tree in Marksville, La. On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, federal and Louisiana officials said it's time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list of threatened species. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

Federal and Louisiana officials say it's time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list of threatened species.

Removal from the list would let hunters kill at least a few of the bears that inspired plush "Teddy's bears" after President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a tied-up animal for a hunt trophy in 1902.

The process of delisting the bear could take a year if nobody fights it.

Local Sierra Club Chairman Harold Schoeffler, whose legal action prompted the listing, says he will take it to court.

Louisiana black bears once ranged throughout Louisiana, southern Mississippi and eastern Texas. Now they're found in four areas in Louisiana.