Mar 30 2014

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Louisiana Black Bear Maze

Louisiana Black Bear Maze

Louisiana Black Bear Maze

Try to solve the Louisiana Black Bear Maze.

The Louisiana Black Bear is a type of black bear that lives in the hardwood forests on the floodplains of Louisiana, Mississippi and east Texas.  One of 16 subspecies of the black bear, the Louisiana Black Bear is the only one that is endangered.  It is distinguished from the other subspecies by its relatively flatter, narrower and longer skull; and larger molar teeth.

The Louisiana Black Bear is an omnivore; and opportunistic in its feeding habits.  The majority of its diet comes from nuts and berries that are commonly found in its ecosystem.  Before the winter comes the black bear will add up to 30 pounds of fat to its body weight.  This is in preparation for the winter hibernation.  The bear will cease eating or drinking; and neither urinate or defecate for up to 5 months.  The bear’s heart rate drops from 40 or 50 beats per minute to 8 beats per minute.

Human development of the forests is the bear’s major threat to its existence.  Some of this is agricultural, some commercial and some residential.  In addition, the bear is considered a pest; getting in to garbage, and raiding grain silos and fields alike.  Therefore, many people may feel justified in killing these animals, even though it is illegal.

The bear was listed as an endangered species in 1992; and that same year was declared the state mammal of Louisiana.  People have threatened its existence; and people can help to make them more numerous.  We just have to leave their territory alone.

Original artwork is copyright 2014 by Rob Hughes.  Drawn with india ink on 9″ x 12″ Bristol white vellum surface paper.  Made in Michigan.  Built to last.

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  1. Lammy Rillerson

    “The bear was listed as an endangered species in 1992; and that same year was declared the state mammal of Louisiana.” I think maybe that just about sums it up, Cornball. Meanwhile, I did in fact take the time to take the time. The time to figure out how to get through that darn bear and out the other side. Who boy. Who boy. … is there an echo in this place? I hate it when that happens, when I go in too deep…

    1. Rob Hughes

      They are fun and easy to solve. Thanks for stopping by, Lammy!

  2. Lammy Rillerson

    I’ve since spoken to OSO about this one. Needless to say, he’s speechless. Such a bear. (Keep up the good work, RH!)

    1. Rob Hughes

      Thanks for checking with OSO – he marches to a different drummer, doesn’t he?

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