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The primary mission of this refuge in the lower part of the Atchafalaya Basin is to preserve and manage habitat for the threatened Louisiana black bear, so there is potential for bear sightings along the system of interconnected trails. Other wildlife you are likely to spot include wading birds, neotropical songbirds, waterfowl, and various reptiles and amphibians Within the refuge, you can take your pick of four trails: Wood Duck Trail (approximately 10 miles); Black Bear Trail (12 miles); Alligator Trail (10 miles); and Yellow Bayou Trail (6 miles).. To get to the Fairfax Foster Bailey Boat Launch, from Highway 90, take the Franklin Exit; turn onto Northwest Boulevard; at the four-way stop, take a right onto Chatsworth; after you cross the bridge, take an immediate right onto Willow Street; take the first right to the boat launch, located under the overpass. For more information, see http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=43628 or call Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge headquarters at 985-853-1078.