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2009-03-18 23:27:12

Representatives of five countries are meeting in Norway to discuss the ongoing conservation of polar bears. Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway, Russia and the United States last met in Oslo in 1981, when they voted to extend their 1973 protection agreement indefinitely, the Norway Post reported Wednesday. The World Wildlife Federation, however, said the meeting has excluded outside groups and other observers from parts of the meeting that involve discussion of climate change. We do not know...

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2009-03-16 13:41:53

Norway's Environment and Development Minister warned on Monday that melting Arctic ice is threatening the habitat of polar bears. "If the ice is disintegrating in the Arctic, it will have enormous impact on polar bears," Erik Solheim told Reuters a day ahead of a meeting to discuss the future of polar bears. The meeting will bring together nations that are home to the large white carnivores "“ Canada, Norway, the U.S., Russia and Danish-administered Greenland. In 1973, these range...

2009-03-06 21:14:27

Residents of the Anchorage, Alaska, area say black and brown bears have been seen walking around this week, nearly a month before the usual end of hibernation. A snowmobile rider reported seeing a brown bear Saturday on the Fur Rondy trail in East Anchorage and a couple walking their dog in Anchorage's Bicentennial Park snapped a picture of a black bear the same day, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday. Amy Green of Anchorage said she saw a black bear wandering in her Hillside...

2009-02-19 18:29:55

A man in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada's easternmost province, said he had to hit a polar bear with a shovel and shoot it twice to drive it away. Ed Dyson said he spotted the polar bear from his back porch in Black Tickle shortly before it grabbed his small dog and threw it into the air, Canwest News Service reported Thursday. When the dog landed, he ran under the (porch) and the bear tried to get at him ... so then I had a smack at him with the shovel. But that didn't stop him much,...

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2009-02-16 13:25:00

Two polar bears are being encouraged by human matchmakers to mate, in an effort to further protect the species against extinction, USA Today reported. Nanuq, the aging polar bear from Wisconsin, is being brought to Buffalo, New York to meet Anana, a female bear, in hopes that their pairing could result in some offspring. Jim Hubing, director of the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wis., said zoo officials should know probably by late summer or early fall if she has conceived. Last year, polar...

2009-02-02 19:55:48

Nineteen grizzly bears were killed in Alberta, Canada, last year, a number Canadian wildlife experts worry further endanger the threatened bruins' survival. Six grizzlies were killed after it was determined they posed risks to humans. Six more were killed in self-defense, four by road or rail accident, and others by native subsistence hunters, an illegal kill or unknown reasons, the Calgary Herald reported Monday. The total compared with nine in 2007 and was the most since 2005 when 10 of the...

2009-01-17 08:07:52

The first Canadian federal summit on the environmental plight of polar bears has concluded with considerable differences of opinion in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice hosted the meeting of scientists, wildlife officials and Inuit leaders, the Globe and Mail reported Saturday. Canada is home to about 15,000 polar bears, about two-thirds of the world population, in 13 distinct areas. While the United States declared the bears an endangered species in May 2008,...

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2008-12-15 14:33:55

New research highlights the ability to adapt to a changing Arctic As polar bears adapt to a warming Arctic - frozen seascape that cleaves earlier each spring - they may find relief in an unlikely source: snow goose eggs. New calculations show that changes in the timing of sea-ice breakup and of snow goose nesting near the western Hudson Bay could provide at least some polar bears with an alternative source of food. This new analysis appears in Polar Biology. "Over 40 years, six subadult male...

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2008-11-26 13:46:28

A recent study published on Wednesday shows that giant cave bears froze to death during the last Ice Age in Europe about 28,000 years ago and were not hunted into extinction by man thousands of years later "” as scientists previously thought. The largely vegetarian bears apparently died off as sharp cooling of the climate led to a freeze that killed off the fruits, nuts and plants they ate. Despite surviving on a mostly plant-based diet, the large bears weighed up to a ton and were...

2008-11-26 08:50:56

Zookeepers in Kushiro, Japan, said they have discovered the problem preventing their pair of polar bears from mating -- the animals are both female. The zookeepers said the Kushiro municipal zoo obtained a polar bear named Tsuyoshi three years ago as a cub and officials said they were baffled when the bear refused to mate with the zoo's 11-year-old female, Kurumi, after the animals were introduced in June, CNN reported Wednesday. Zoo officials said Tsuyoshi was put under anesthesia earlier in...


Latest Bears Reference Libraries

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...

Kodiak Bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi
2013-06-07 13:18:33

The Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi), also known as the American brown bear, the Kodiak brown bear, or the Alaskan grizzly bear, is a subspecies of the brown bear. It can be found in southwestern Alaska, on the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago. Most coastal bears that occur in Alaska are called Kodiak bears, but the true Kodiak bear only inhabits the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago. The Kodiak bear was first described as a distinct species by the taxonomist C.H. Merriam. Merriam...

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...

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