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2011-07-02 06:15:34

A District Court Judge has ruled that the US Fish and Wildlife Service acted correctly in listing polar bears as a threatened species, rebuffing a pair of opposing legal challenges to the creature's classification on the endangered species list. Environmental groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, sued claiming that global warming and melting sea ice should afford the polar bear greater protection on the endangered list, while the state of Alaska and Safari Club International...

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2011-05-11 08:35:00

Research regarding North American black bear fatal attacks on people shows lone males are most dangerous, attack rates are rising with human population growth Fatal encounters with black bears have been exceedingly rare during the last century, but appear to be mainly the result of predatory male bears targeting humans in their wilderness home ranges, according to a new study led by the world's leading expert on bear attacks. In an article published today in the Journal of Wildlife...

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2011-04-15 06:15:00

Russia, reneging on an agreement made with the United States allowing a quota of 29 polar bears to be hunted, posted a statement on its website saying it will not allow the animals to be hunted in its far north polar region. "A decision has been taken on the government level that Russia will not be using its quota," said the statement found on the personal website of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. A deal reached by a Russian-US commission was approved last month by the Chukotka governor to...

2011-04-06 08:03:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As spring has sprung, many Pennsylvanians soon will be spending more time outdoors and seeing more wildlife - and signs of wildlife - in their yards and other places they frequent. Pennsylvania Game Commission officials remind residents that among the wildlife that will become more visible are Pennsylvania's roughly 18,000 black bears, all of which will be looking for food. "After several months of hibernation, sightings of bears...

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2011-03-17 14:01:50

Russia approved quotas on Thursday that will allow indigenous tribes to hunt endangered polar bears, according to an AFP report. The remote Chukotka region was given permission to hunt the endangered species after the governor of the region in northeastern Russia signed a decree that approved a polar bear quota of 29 animals per year. The limit established in June by a U.S.-Russian commission allows indigenous people in Chukotka and Alaska to kill 58 polar bears per year. The animals help...

2011-03-16 08:56:00

MOSCOW, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today new "Rules of the Hunt" legislation was enacted in Russia, which will effectively end the cruel hunting practice of rousting bears from their dens during winter hibernation and then shooting the bears. Often, this hunting practice left tiny bear cubs orphaned, and the cubs would quickly die of starvation or freeze to death. Since 1995, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org), has campaigned to end the winter den...

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2011-02-08 18:35:00

University of Alberta researchers P©ter Molnár, Andrew Derocher and Mark Lewis studied the reproductive ecology of polar bears in Hudson Bay and have linked declining litter sizes with loss of sea ice.The researchers say projected reductions in the number of newborn cubs is a significant threat to the western Hudson Bay polar-bear population, and if climate change continues unabated the viability of the species across much of the Arctic will be in question.Using data collected since...

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2011-02-04 11:35:00

A short-term victory for polar bears came from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Thursday, but outraged local leaders said the ruling would cost jobs. Royal Dutch Shell said it has put off plans to drill off Alaska's coast this year after the EPA ordered further study on the impact. "Despite our best efforts, critical permits continue to be delayed, and the timeline for getting these permits is still uncertain," Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Peter Voser told AFP as he...

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2011-01-26 07:10:00

Scientists studying polar bears around the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska, were amazed to witness one polar bear that swam continuously for more than nine days, covering some 426 miles, in search of sea ice. The scientists said this endurance feat could be the result of climate change. Polar bears are known to swim between land and sea ice floes to hunt seals. But the researchers said that increased sea ice melts push polar bears to swim much farther, risking their own health and future...

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2010-12-24 06:20:00

Environmental groups accused the Obama administration on Thursday of failing to ensure the survival of polar bears, after the administration declined to list the Arctic animals as endangered. "The Obama administration delivered a lump of coal to the polar bear for Christmas," said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity in a statement. The administration has "sacrificed sound science for political expediency," the AFP news agency quoted her as saying. The Center for Biological...


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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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  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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