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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...

2011-03-14 14:45:00

Record year of events presented by law enforcement as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run MINNEAPOLIS, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 11,000 brave Minnesotans raised a record $2.2 million this winter for Special Olympics Minnesota by jumping into frozen water in one of 14 Polar Bear Plunge events around the state. Coordinated by law enforcement, the events offered fun-loving adrenaline junkies an opportunity to be "freezin' for a reason" -- and to have a blast in the...

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2011-02-09 12:35:00

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that the Pacific walrus needs additional protection from the threat of climate warming but cannot be added to the threatened or endangered list because other species have higher priority. Agency spokesman Bruce Wood said the walrus will be added to the "warranted but precluded" list, which is a designation under the Endangered Species Act that allows delays in listing if the agency is making progress listing other species and does not have...

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2011-02-05 07:15:00

Researchers at the University of British Columbia, reporting in a new study, found that the amount of fish caught in the Arctic has been severely under-reported for more than 50 years, making the northern ocean environment appear far more pristine than it really is. The study estimates that fishery catches in the Arctic totaled 1 million tons between 1950 and 2006, almost 75 times more than the actual amount reported to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), according to...

2011-02-04 12:14:52

University of British Columbia researchers estimate that fisheries catches in the Arctic totaled 950,000 tons from 1950 to 2006, almost 75 times the amount reported to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during this period. Led by Prof. Daniel Pauly, the research team from UBC's Fisheries Centre and Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences reconstructed fisheries catch data from various sources "“ including limited governmental reports and anthropological records of...

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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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2010-12-15 10:40:41

A novel project using cameras mounted on unmanned aircraft flying over the Arctic is serving double duty by assessing the characteristics of declining sea ice and using the same aerial photos to pinpoint seals that have hauled up on ice floes. The project is the first to use aircraft to monitor ice and seals in remote areas without putting pilots and observers at risk, said Elizabeth Weatherhead of the University of Colorado at Boulder, who is leading the study team. Weatherhead is a senior...

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2010-12-06 06:15:00

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed on Friday to list six types of seals as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act because they face hardships due to disappearing sea ice and melting snow packs. The NOAA said that four types of ringed seals that live in the Arctic basin and North Atlantic as well as two populations of bearded seals in the Pacific Ocean should be listed as threatened. The Saimaa ringed seals in Finland are already recognized as...

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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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2010-11-25 08:24:11

Large predators are much more vulnerable than smaller species to environmental changes, such as over-hunting and habitat change, because they have to work so hard to find their next meal, according to a new study. Scientists matched studies of predator populations to the abundance of their prey and found that the largest species, such as lions, tigers or polar bears, had much greater declines in population due to diminishing food supplies than smaller species, such as weasels or badgers. 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...

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...

Syrian Brown Bear, Ursus arctos syriacus
2012-04-27 19:36:24

The Syrian brown bear (Ursus arctos syriacus) is a native species to Eurasia. It is a slightly small species of brown bear. Its range includes Northern Armenia, Kopet Dag, Abkhazia, Azerbaijan Talysh, Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. Its range also includes the former Soviet Union. This bear is extinct in Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, and in more recent years it has become extinct in Syria. Due to habitat loss and poaching, the Syrian brown bear population is declining. The bear is also hunted for its bile,...

Syrian Brown Bear
2012-01-17 18:14:18

Brown bears as a group are one of the largest type of bears, second only to polar bears with the Syrian brown bear (Ursus arctos syriacus) being one of the smallest subspecies of brown bears.  Found generally in the mountainous areas in the countries of Iran, Iraq and Turkey and in parts of the former Soviet Union to include Abkhazia, Karabakh, Transcaucasia, Talysh and northern Armenia. These bears find hollow birch trees that flourish in the higher elevations, moreso than pine and other...

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