Townsend, Blount County (WVLT) - Once near death when found in rural Louisiana, a black bear is now on its way home after being nursed to health by a Blount County bear rescue organization.
Found in November, the bear called "Little Bear" was temporarily put to sleep for transport back to Louisiana.
Officials say it was less than 15 pounds when found last November but is now completely healthy after a five month stay at the Appalacian Bear Rescue in Townsend.
"We're very proud to work with them in a situation like this since the black bear in Louisiana, their subspecies being luteolus, is now on the threatened species list so this is a major accomplishment for ABR to be a part of this with Louisiana," says Appalachian Bear Rescue Cureator Lisa Stewart.
Maria Davidson with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the bear will be released on a reserve in eastern Louisiana.