Real-Life “Teddy Bears” Are Not Anymore Threatened

Because of a preservation work pressed producers and by nearby landowners, the population of real life “teddy bears” is currently jumping back, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Real-Life "Teddy Bears" Are Not Anymore Threatened

The Louisiana black bear continues to be on the endangered species’ listing since 1992 after continuous lack of its environment that took place on the ’80s. From the early ’90s, there have been regarded as around 150 people left. Today, following a huge preservation work, figures are believed to be between 500 and 750 in the wild.

The Louisiana black bear is one of 16 subspecies of the American black bear (Ursus americanus). Regardless of the name, they can also be found in Mississippi as well as Louisiana, and were once known to stray as far as Texas and Arkansas. They may be cute as cubs, but these bears can grow up to 226 kilograms (500 pounds) as adults and will eat pretty much anything they can dig their claws into.

Real-Life "Teddy Bears" Are Not Anymore Threatened

Based on the Theodore Roosevelt Association, the Louisiana black bear turned the motivation behind the teddy bear following a run in with President Roosevelt. On a hunting trip in 1902, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt declined to take among the bears that an aide had been associated with by a benefit, thinking it’d be “unsportsmanlike.”The story made its way into a satirical cartoon in the Washington Post on November 16, 1902 (below).

Real-Life "Teddy Bears" Are Not Anymore Threatened

Moving forward, in a statement announcing that the Louisiana black “teddy bears” has now officially been removed as “threatened” from the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said: “President Theodore Roosevelt would have really enjoyed why we are gathered here today. Working together across private and public lands with so many partners embodies the conservation ethic he stood for when he established the National Wildlife Refuge System as part of the solution to address troubling trends for the nation’s wildlife. As I said last spring when the delisting proposal was announced, the Louisiana black bear is another success story for the Endangered Species Act.”

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