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News in Brief- July 8, 2018

News in Brief- July 8, 2018

Bear spends hours up in tree in yard of Louisiana man's home

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A black bear had made a weekend visit to residents of a neighborhood in Louisiana.

The Courier of Houma reports that the bear was spotted Saturday in a tree in the yard of Jared Theriot in Houma.

Residents of Houma's Acadian Drive summoned officials from the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Officials showed up with a trap, but it proved unnecessary. After a few hours the bear climbed down and wandered away.

Department officials say people should avoid encounters with bears. People in residential areas near bear populations should store garbage in containers or double bag it and frequently wash their trash cans. Other tips are to not leave pet food out overnight, hang bird feeders higher than 10 feet and clean outdoor grills frequently.

Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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LDWF Commission votes to change recreational red snapper season to weekends only 

BATON ROUGE, La. - At last week’s meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioners voted to change to a weekends-only recreational red snapper season after the scheduled July 8 closure.

The weekends-only season (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) will begin on July 13, 2018. This decision was made following a presentation of the latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel. The near real-time data collection program indicates that approximately 299,061 pounds, or 40 percent of Louisiana’s allocation has been harvested to date. This covers the preliminary estimates for the period through June 24, 2018.

More information about Louisiana’s recreational red snapper season, including harvest estimates, can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper