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Mama Bear Knows Best When Picking Out Homes
2013-01-22 14:55:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Husbands should be taking a clue from nature when it comes to looking for a home, as new research emerges that shows mama bear knows her stuff. Research published in the journal PLoS ONE has found that the mother bears know best when it comes to selecting a place to live. The new University of Alberta study explored whether the rearing of cubs by their mothers shaped which habitats grizzly bears eventually choose. Lead author...

Conservationists Want Ban On Products Made From Polar Bears
2012-12-26 13:28:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some conservationists are calling for increased restrictions on the buying and selling of rugs and other goods made from polar bears–citing the animal´s threatened status. Others disagree–saying climate change is the bears´ biggest threat and focusing on their trade de-emphasizes the true reason behind their endangerment. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which has long championed the polar bears´ cause,...

Polar Bears Head To Court
2012-10-20 09:00:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The State of Alaska and a group of plaintiffs that include hunters and the California Cattlemen's Association, has appealed a federal court ruling from last year that upheld the 2008 Interior Department's designation of polar bears as a threatened species. The bears were designated as threatened because their icy habitat is melting away. Maury Feldman, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, told the U.S. Court of Appeals for...

Bears Need All-you-can-eat Salmon Buffet Needed For Months
2012-08-04 05:07:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A mix of steep, colder streams and slower, warmer ones are necessary for both salmon conservation efforts and for bears and other predators that require access to the spawning fish for sustenance, researchers from the University of Washington (UW) claim in a recent research paper. The study, which will be presented during the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting in Portland, Oregon on August 8, shows that managing both...

DNA Shows Polar Bears Are Ancient, And Related To Brown Bears
2012-07-24 06:04:18

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New research suggests polar bears and brown bears come from the same DNA as ancient bears. In an international study, led by Penn State University and the University at Buffalo, researchers have found that polar bear populations changed with climatic events over the past million years, with fewer polar bears roaming the Earth in times of warmer weather. This new research also suggests the relationship between brown bears and...

Polar Bears Older Than Thought, Have Distinct Lineage
2012-04-20 04:57:25

Polar bears have been around much longer than previously believed, and likely interbred with brown bears at one point after the two species separated, according to a Germany study published Friday in the journal Science. The researchers examined mitochondrial DNA, a special "additional genome" that lives in the cell's energy factories and is passed on only from the mother, from polar bears, brown bears and black bears.  They found that the brown bear and polar bear ancestral lines...


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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...

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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