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East Texas possesses the elements for a good bear habitat, including food, cover and areas with few humans. There are about 12 million acres of undeveloped private and public land throughout East Texas.
Black bears have been making a slow and natural return to Texas since 1984. Over time, black bears have the potential to replace or refill a gap in the ecosystem that they filled prior to their extinction in the area.
TPWD officials think most of the bears that have made their way to Texas are lone young males. Young male Black bears wander into Texas, then later females. Forced to leave a territory by older male bears, young males will roam hundreds of miles looking for suitable habitat and mates. The swamps, forests and thickets of east Texas have much to offer.
One popular misconception is that bears are being relocated and stocked in east Texas.
Nathan Garner, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's regional wildlife director for East Texas, stressed that is not the case.
"We are not going to bring bears in at all unless we had a fairly large (public) support," he said, adding that studies have shown general public support for the return of the black bear to East Texas.
“It all depends on the lady bears,” Garner said.
When a young male bear begins actively seeking a mate, it is a powerful driving force of nature. If he does not find a mate, he will travel as far as he must to find her.
While a young male bear is likely to roam 100 miles or more from his mother's range, female bears are not so adventurous.
“This plan was produced in the spirit of conservation for the Specific strategies addressed in this plan strive to promote public awareness through outreach while providing public and private biologists and willing landowners with the technical knowledge to increase and/or enhance suitable black bear habitat throughout East Texas. The purpose of re-establishing the bear is a viable part of the native wildlife community of East Texas.,” according to the mission statement of the East Texas Black Bear Conservation and Management Plan.
Public opinion surveys of residents in several Texas counties show general support for the return of black bears, while also indicating a need for more easily available information about bears.
If you happen to encounter the elusive Black bear, call TPWD. One of the bear plan’s goals is to resolve human-bear conflicts. If you see a bear, or have a bear problem, call your TPWD game warden or wildlife biologist or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at (800) 792-1112.
Anyone can receive the recently created brochure “Bear Safety in Mind” from TPWD by calling the following regional offices nearest you: East Texas/Tyler- (903) 566-1626.
Posted by Dana Goolsby at 8:42 PM
Approximately 30 participants pulled out of Weatherford, Wednesday, Oct. 13, and headed to Temple for lunch. The 2010 tour had a total of 52 participants, several of which they collected along the way.
“It’s been kind of a slow year,” said Fort of the tour so far. “Chambers haven’t been very active.”
“We’re having a blast and this town is delightful,” said Patty Kaiser.
The two couples from Grandbury were on their second tour with the Lone Star Loop 1,000. Last year the couples toured the Gulf Coast, as far south as Rockport.
The group did not have much information pertaining to Houston County or the city of Crockett when they arrived, but left Tchoupitoulas armed with a taste of history from the first county in Texas, and historical sites to keep an eye out for along their journey to the next town.
The group pulled out of Crockett Saturday morning and headed down the El Camino Real for San Augustine on Day Three of their schedule. After lunch in San Augustine, the group travelled to Jefferson for dinner, and an overnight stay.
Posted by Dana Goolsby at 8:32 PM