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Scared bear spends week in central Louisiana neighborhood

A Louisiana black bear, a protected sub-species of the black bear, is seen from its perch in a water oak tree in a neighborhood of New Orleans, La., Sunday, May 17, 2015. The young bear's search for a new home has brought him into a central Louisiana neighborhood where he's spent the past week up one tree or another. The bear is among three to five that have wandered into populated parts of Louisiana in the past 10 days, said wildlife biologist Maria Davidson, head of the large carnivore program for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood where he has spent the past week up one tree or another as he searches for a new home.

The bear is among three to five that have wandered into populated parts of Louisiana in the past 10 days, said wildlife biologist Maria Davidson, head of the large carnivore program for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

It’s on the outskirts of Marksville. Another has been spotted in Jonesville, about 35 miles north-northeast of Marksville, since Thursday or Friday, Davidson said.

It’s the season when mother bears chase off yearling cubs so they won’t be attacked by any big males that come calling. Females often wind up within visiting distance of mama, but males aren’t allowed to.

“It’s somewhat nature’s way of preventing inbreeding,” Davidson said.

The males, about 1

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