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Black Bears In East Texas

An animal that was hunted to near extinction 60 years ago is making a comeback in East Texas, but you don't want to make a pet out of this one. Black bears were "re-introduced" to Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma decades ago, but are now ranging back into East Texas. Two sightings have been made in Cass and Wood counties over the past 3 years as the bears begin to extend their territory.

Game wardens say the bears are commonly sighted in Marion, Harrison, Panola and Shelby counties. Black bears can grow to up to 400 pounds and range from 4 to 6 feet in length. They are wild animals who should not be approached, and because they are endangered, killing one is against the law.

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    John Smith. (Source: KLTV)John Smith. (Source: KLTV)

    Released by the Henderson County Sheriff's Office: A Henderson County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigator’s high-speed chase along county roads late last night ended with multiple drug charges against a young couple, Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said this morning. Narcotics Investigator Josh Rickman spotted the two along FM 804 in Larue when he observed them commit a traffic violation. John Henry Smith, 17 of Larue and Cherith Mills, 18 of Athens were in the vehicle as i...

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    Released by the Henderson County Sheriff's Office: A Henderson County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigator’s high-speed chase along county roads late last night ended with multiple drug charges against a young couple, Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said this morning. Narcotics Investigator Josh Rickman spotted the two along FM 804 in Larue when he observed them commit a traffic violation. John Henry Smith, 17 of Larue and Cherith Mills, 18 of Athens were in the vehicle as i...

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