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Tennessee center caring for orphaned Louisiana black bear

VIDALIA, La. (AP) - An orphaned baby bear rescued in Louisiana is being cared for by a nonprofit organization in Tennessee.

The Daily Advertiser reported Friday the 16-month-old Louisiana black bear is at the Appalachian Bear Rescue Center near Townsend, Tennessee. The center named her Magnolia after Louisiana's official state flower and will care for her until she is healthy enough to return home to the wild in Concordia Parish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries manager Maria Davidson says a landowner had seen the bear eating bait from a hog trap for a couple of months. A healthy bear Magnolia's age should weigh 50 to 100 pounds (23 to 45 kilograms), and she weighed 20 pounds (9 kilograms).

About 750 Louisiana black bears live in the state. The subspecies was listed as threatened from 1992 until 2016.

Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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