Cougars and Bears in Sicily Island Hills

Posted: June 30, 2009 in Homepage
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Local legend has it that there have been sightings of cougars in these hills. However, according to Lowrey Moak, LDWF Wildlife Biologist for Region 4, there are no scientifically documented cases of cougars in the Sicily Island Hills.

Lowrey states that there are occasional Louisiana Black Bear sightings in the Sicily Island Hills.  In the October 14, 2000 Natchez Democrat there is an article concerning a black bear that was struck by a vehicle near the village of Sicily Island.

That bears would frequent these hills is no surprise given the remoteness and diverse habitat. In addition, areas north and south of the Sicily Island Hills have been deeply involved in Louisiana Black Bear re-introduction and habitat restoration.

I will continue to research cougars and bears at Sicily Island Hills and will post my findings as soon as feasible.


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