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2007-03-16 00:45:00

MILFORD, Pa. -- Mark Ternent squeezes his bulky frame into the narrow opening of a bear den and shines a flashlight into the eyes of a 200-pound female. Two black bear cubs are suckling, and their mother looks back at Ternent, alert but relaxed. It is early March, and these bears won't come out of hibernation for another six weeks. The wildlife biologist shoots a tranquilizer dart into the mother's rump, but the dart goes into fat, not muscle, slowing absorption into her blood. Ternent waits...

2006-11-30 11:27:37

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. -- Some southern Arizona black bears may not sleep through the hibernation season because they may not have gotten enough to eat beforehand, a wildlife official says. It's possible some bears around the Huachuca Mountains might be in a circumstance where they either would stay in the den and starve, or go back out and forage for food. Because of that, residents living near wilderness areas must stay aware and be careful with things that might attract bears. "When you're...

2006-08-30 11:48:09

By James Mackenzie PARIS (Reuters) - The apparently accidental death of a bear in the Pyrenees has reopened a bitter row between mountain farmers and environmentalists over whether bears should ever have been reintroduced to the region. One of five Slovenian bears released this spring in a government project, 4 year-old Palouma was found dead last week after what an autopsy found to be a fall from a cliff. The incident sparked suggestions she may have been deliberately driven to her...

2006-08-27 12:56:38

PARIS (Reuters) - A Slovenian brown bear, one of five released in the French Pyrenees earlier this year, has been found dead at the foot of a cliff after an apparent accident, authorities said on Sunday. The animals were let loose under a pan-European programme designed to help species in danger of extinction. The dead bear, named Palouma, was the first of the group to be released in the mountain range stradding the border between France and Spain. Farmers who feared the bears might...

2006-08-23 10:12:38

ROME (Reuters) - The mother of a brown bear shot in Germany last June to the horror of animal lovers has been fitted with a satellite tracking device by Italian authorities so that she can be monitored and kept away from humans. When a German hunter shot dead Bruno, a 100-kg (220 lb.) bear which had wondered from his home in the Italian alps and began worrying humans in Bavaria, Italians were outraged, saying the rare animal should have been protected. Now Bruno's mother, Jurka, has...

2006-08-03 07:02:57

LONDON (Reuters) - Barney the guard dog went berserk at a teddy bear exhibition in England and ripped the stuffing out of Elvis Presley's beloved bear Mabel, exhibitors said on Thursday. Wookey Hole Caves, a popular holiday destination in Somerset, southern England, was drawing children with its display of 1,000 precious teddy bears, including Mabel, beloved bear of the King of Rock and Roll. But, said General Manager Daniel Medley, it all went horribly wrong. The collection was so...

2005-08-17 06:30:00

HANOI -- Vietnam plans to plant microchips in an estimated 4,000 captive bears to try to stop wildlife traders catching more of the animals in the wild and selling them to bile farms, state media reported on Wednesday. The Agriculture Ministry said the chips would also help prevent the slaughter of the bears for food in the southeast Asian nation, where bear parts such as paws are regarded as a delicacy. The bear-bugging campaign, which is being carried out with help from the London-based...

2005-07-27 06:14:16

ZERNEZ, Switzerland (AP) -- Bears may have returned to Switzerland, more than 100 years after disappearing from their Alpine habitat, according to eyewitnesses. The first bear was spotted late Monday evening by three eyewitnesses in eastern Switzerland's Ofenpass National Park near the country's Italian and Austrian borders, park officials said. But officials said they were still searching for key evidence such as bear droppings, foot prints or hair to confirm their return. The witnesses...

2005-07-04 17:25:20

By Angela Moore NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warning: Bears are leaving the woodsto prowl the more exotic habitat of The Big Apple. Stuffed bears, that is -- with enough wardrobe choices tomake even fashion divas pause. Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. , which sells theexperience of making and dressing your own stuffed animal, isopening a flagship store in New York City, adding to midtownManhattan's high-end kid 'retailtainment' shops like AmericanGirl Place and FAO Schwarz. The new store, at the...


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Cave bear, Ursus spelaeus
2013-06-22 16:42:25

The cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) is an extinct species that was found in Europe during the Pleistocene. Its range was large and included areas from Great Britain to Spain, Italy, Poland, the Balkans, areas of Germany, Russia, the Caucuses, Romania, and northern areas of Iran. Large numbers of skeletons have been found in Switzerland, southern Germany, Austria, northern Spain, Hungary, Croatia, and Romania. Because so many fossils have been found throughout Europe, some experts assert that there...

Grizzly Bear, Ursus arctos horribilis
2013-06-03 13:23:12

The grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis), also known as the grizzly, the North American brown bear, or the silvertip bear, is one of many subspecies of the brown bear. It is typically found in upland areas of western North America. Its range once extended from Canada to Mexico and even into the western shores of the Hudson Bay in the east. Its range has been reduced to many areas of Canada, Alaska, and northwestern areas of the United States including Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, and...

Asian Black Bear, Ursus thibetanus
2013-06-03 13:08:46

The Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus), also known as the white-chested bear or the moon bear, is a species that holds a large range. This range includes northern areas of the Indian Subcontinent, most areas of the Himalayas, far eastern Russia, northeastern areas of China, Korea, and the Honshū and Shikoku islands near Japan. As is common to black bear species, the Asiatic black bear prefers a habitat within deciduous forests, mixed forests, deserts, and thornbrush forests. It can...

Cave Bear, Ursus spelaeus
2013-05-17 22:36:40

The cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) is an extinct species that was found in Europe during the Pleistocene. Its range was large and included areas from Great Britain to Spain, Italy, Poland, the Balkans, areas of Germany, Russia, the Caucuses, Romania, and northern areas of Iran. Large numbers of skeletons have been found in Switzerland, southern Germany, Austria, northern Spain, Hungary, Croatia, and Romania. Because so many fossils have been found throughout Europe, some experts assert that there...

Brown Bear, Ursus arctos
2013-05-17 22:30:23

The brown bear (Ursus arctos) can be found in North America and northern areas of Eurasia. There are sixteen recognized subspecies of the brown bear. This is the most widely distributed species of bear in the world, although its range is shrinking. Its range includes the Alaska and a few other areas of the United States, areas of Russia, and Romania and other areas of the Carpathian region, as well as Canada, Sweden, Finland, and the Balkans. The brown bear derives its common name from the...

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