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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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2010-12-21 14:27:37

Researchers say polar bears could face brighter future "When I first picked up the cub, she was biting my hand," explains wildlife biologist Bruce Marcot. He was trying to calm the squirming cub while its sedated mother slept nearby. In the snowy spring of 2009, Portland-based Marcot traveled with several colleagues onto the frozen Arctic Ocean north of Alaska to study and survey polar bear populations. From their base of operations at the settlements of Deadhorse, next to Prudhoe Bay,...

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2010-12-15 14:00:35

Polar bears may be able to survive the damage done to their native habitats due to greenhouse gas emissions, oil, and pollution, only to die out due to inter-species mating, scientists reported in two separate studies Wednesday. The iconic Arctic bears, which were originally added to the threatened species list in 2008 because of the effect of global warming on the ice-covered environments they call home, could continue to survive and thrive if stricter limits are placed on the emissions that...

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2010-11-26 13:00:00

The Obama administration is setting aside more than 187,000 square miles (120 million acres) along the northern coast of Alaska designating it as a "critical habitat" for polar bears as a result of a partial settlement in an ongoing lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Greenpeace against the Department of Interior. The total, which includes large areas of sea ice off the Alaskan coast, is about 13,000 square miles less than in a...

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2010-11-24 05:45:00

A continuation of current climate trends could eliminate the primary food source of polar bears amid fierce competition with grizzly bears as the two species are forced into a shared habitat, said evolutionary biologists at the University of California, Los Angeles. The scientists used 3-D computer modeling to compare the skull and jaw strength of polar bears and brown bears, and found that polar bears are less suited to processing the tough omnivorous or herbivorous diets of their grizzly...

2010-11-05 10:53:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania bear hunters will be able to enjoy a full-week of archery bear season (Nov. 15-19), followed by a Saturday opener of the three-day firearms bear season, which will run Nov. 20, and the following Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 22 and 23, according to Carl G. Roe, Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director. "Pennsylvania's bear population covers more than three-quarters of the state, and includes a number of world-class...

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2010-11-04 14:07:53

New statistical model demonstrates that trophic mismatch feeds bears without exterminating snow geese As the Arctic warms, a new cache of resources"”snow goose eggs"”may help sustain the polar bear population for the foreseeable future. In a new study published in an early online edition of Oikos, researchers affiliated with the Museum show that even large numbers of hungry bears repeatedly raiding nests over many years would have a difficult time eliminating all of the geese...

2010-11-01 08:00:00

WSPA-funded sanctuary provides safe haven for bears rescued from the cruel "sport" of bear baiting BOSTON, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, just three months after the devastating floods in Pakistan, a new sanctuary opened in Balkasar to provide a safe haven for 60-70 bears who are still being used for bear baiting - a cruel and illegal blood sport. The sanctuary's first residents are Babu, Sohrab and Maylu - the three bears rescued from Kund Park, Pakistan's only other refuge for...


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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