For the last twenty years, BBCC’s mission has been to promote the restoration of the Louisiana Black Bear in its historic range through education, research, and habitat management. A broad-based cooperative approach has made us successful.


Paul Davidson, Executive Director

Paul (pictured on the left) has been the Executive Director of the BBCC since January of 1992. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) and did post graduate work at Louisiana State University (LSU). He worked as a Research Associate at LSU before entering into private business for several years. During that period he was very active in conservation advocacy roles, serving in leadership positions in several conservation organizations including the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. He has served on several commissions and task forces under three Louisiana governors, and state and federal agencies.

Board Members

  • Dr. Chris Comer
  • Chair
  • Professor at Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Nacogdoches, TX
  • Randy Lanctot
  • Secretary / Treasurer
  • Retired NGO Executive Director
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Nikki Anderson
  • Grad Student
  • LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Nelson Ball
  • Landowner
  • Palmyra Hunting Club
  • Natchitoches, LA
  • Steve Marietta
  • Forester
  • Molpus Timberlands Mgmt.
  • El Dorado, AR
  • Mark McElroy
  • Retired LDWF biologist
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Brandon Parlange
  • Landowner
  • New Roads, LA
  • Stan Priest
  • Biologist
  • Anderson Tully Co.
  • Vicksburg, MS
  • Chris Winter
  • Attorney
  • Landowner
  • Greenville, MS


The BBCC is a broad-based coalition of private citizens. It includes over 60 different government agencies, universities, forest, agricultural, and energy companies, as well as private groups.