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Bear that enthralled Louisiana neighborhood takes his leave

In this May 17, 2015 photo, a Louisiana Black Bear, sub-species of the black bear that is protected under the Endangered Species Act, rests in a water oak tree in a neighborhood in Marksville, La. The bear left Monday after getting caught in a trap set by state biologists, then managing to open the door and get back out. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A roving black bear that spent more than a week in a central Louisiana neighborhood has wandered away in search of a new home.

The young bear left late Monday after he got caught in a trap set by state biologists, but then managed to open the door and escape, Dennis Carmouche of Marksville said Tuesday.

“He’s smart,” Carmouche said.

Since the bear is away from humans, he can just continue his journey, said Maria Davidson, head of the large carnivore program for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

“The bear is nowhere to be seen. We don’t go hunting him down,” she said. Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area, where the bear would have been taken had he been caught, is only a few miles away.

“Hopefully this guy will go back to where he belongs and we’ll never see or hear from him again,” she said.

Davidson said the bear — a member of the threatened Louisiana black bear subspecies — had been living on the outskirts of Marksville, a city of 5,700, for about eight days.

When mating season gets near, mother bears chase off yearling cubs to keep them safe from big males that may come looking for a female in heat. The 1

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