Teddy Roosevelt's Louisiana Bear Hunt
Teddy Roosevelt's hunt for black bear in 1907 was hosted by John M. Parker and Tabasco hot sauce businessman John Avery McIlhenny. Parker would become Roosevelt's vice-presidential running mate in 1912. Pictured from left are Presley Marion Rixey, surgeon general of the U.S. Navy; John Watkins Osborn; McIlhenny; unidentified; Parker; unidentified; Roosevelt; Clive Metcalf; Jack Vesey; unidentified; and Major Amos Kent Amacker.
Teddy's in the Canebrake
This 1907 "Puck" magazine cover lampoons President Teddy Roosevelt's Louisiana bear-hunting expedition in the canebrakes of East Carroll and Madison parishes.
President Roosevelt Hunting In Louisiana
President Teddy Roosevelt's hunt for black bear in northeastern Louisiana in 1907 was widely reported in the national media. The "New York Tribune" printed several photographs from the expedition, but none of the 200-pound black bear that Roosevelt bagged on the thirteenth day of the hunt.
This photograph of President Theodore Roosevelt was made by George Prince in 1907, the year Roosevelt killed his first black bear on expedition in Louisiana. Roosevelt was later responsible for creating the National Wildlife Refuge System, of which 568,000 acres in Louisiana protect the habitat of the state's black bears.
Notorious game hunter Ben Lilly served as the guide for Theodore Roosevelt's bear-hunting expedition through the northeast Louisiana canebrakes in 1907.