The Latest on federal decision to take Louisiana black bear off US list of threatened species (all times local):

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U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says the bear that inspired teddy bears is coming off the list of threatened species. She said partnerships with private landowners helped bring back the kind of forests the bear needs.

She spoke Thursday at the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, which is at the heart of the Louisiana black bear's domain. Reporters elsewhere were able to listen in by telephone.

Some of the people who've been working for decades to bring back the subspecies say it still needs protection.

And the Center for Biological Diversity, a national group to protect endangered subspecies, says it has doubts about whether the bear's ready for "delisting." Conservation advocate Michael Robinson says the group will be filing a Freedom of Information request.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is coming to northeast Louisiana for what the department says is the celebration of a successful partnership to bring the teddy bear's inspiration back from the brink of extinction.

She has scheduled a Thursday morning announcement about Louisiana black bears at the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge office in Tallulah, about 350 miles north of Baton Rouge.

Some of the people who've been working for decades to bring back the subspecies say it still needs protection.

Local Sierra Club chairman Harold Schoeffler says he's ready to go to court if the bears are taken off the threatened list.

The estimated bear population was 300 to 350 when he went to court in 1987. He says the latest count is a bit more than 700.

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Online:

http://www.fws.gov/southeast/wildlife/mammal/louisiana-black-bear/

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-black-bear-status-range

Theodore Roosevelt Association about teddy bears: http://bit.ly/1oWpyrl