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Enviros sue USFWS to get black bear ESA protections in Louisiana reinstated

A coalition of animal rights and environmentalist groups on Thursday filed a joint lawsuit against the Interior Department challenging a 2016 decision to delist black bears from the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The lawsuit led by Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility (PEER) argues that the survival of the black bear in Louisiana is dependent on the species being relisted as threatened. According to the suit, the Louisiana black bear, which is one of 16 black bear subspecies, has lost 99 percent of its historic population.



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