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First Lady Marsha Barbour Assists with Black Bear Expedition
On Friday, March 2, Marsha Barbour, Mississippi's First Lady and the Honorary Chairperson of Wildlife Mississippi's Advisory Council, assisted the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in darting, tagging and releasing a female black bear with two cubs. The expedition took place in Issaquena County on land owned by Hunter and Dan Fordice, the sons of former Governor Kirk Fordice and First Lady Pat Fordice. The land is enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program.
According to Barbour, "This is an historic day for Mississippi. From our Native Americans who relied on black bears as a source of food, clothing and goods for trade with European explorers, to Holt Collier and President Theodore Roosevelt, to the Teddy Bear, black bears have long played a role in our state's natural heritage. It is important that all of us follow the conservation leadership of Dan and Hunter so that we may continue to conserve black bears and restore their habitat for future Mississippians to enjoy."
Two years ago, Barbour helped dedicate a new national wildlife refuge near Hollandale, Mississippi, to the memory of Holt Collier. The 18,000‑acre Holt Collier National Wildlife Refuge is the first ever to be named for an African‑American.
Wildlife Mississippi is a non-profit, conservation organization founded to conserve, restore and enhance fish, wildlife and plant resources throughout Mississippi. Their web site is www.wildlifemiss.org.
|Marsha Barbour, Mississippi's First Lady and the Honorary Chairperson of Wildlife Mississippi's Advisory Council, holds one of two cubs recently born in the Mississippi Delta. This is the first birth of a black bear in the Delta in approximately 40 years.|
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