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2010-11-24 16:55:00

BARROW, Alaska, Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's decision to designate more than 187,000 square miles across the North Slope as "critical habitat" for polar bears disproportionately impacts Alaska Natives. The Critical Habitat Designation (CHD) is the wrong tool for conserving polar bears. The polar bears were listed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as "threatened" because of climate change and expected reductions in polar bear numbers that have not yet occurred. But,...

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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...

2010-11-10 13:23:00

Pew Calls for Plugging Gaps in Spill Response Planning WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Darkness, extreme weather and shifting sea ice could delay efforts to stop an oil well blowout in the U.S. Arctic Ocean for six months or more, trapping spewed oil in ice for up to a decade according to a report released today by the Pew Environment Group. The study, "Oil Spill Prevention and Response in the U.S. Arctic Ocean: Unexamined Risks, Unacceptable Consequences," is the...

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...

2010-05-27 15:46:53

Climate change is about more than just polar bears. That is the message from Dr Kate Manzo whose research into climate change communication has been published in Meteorological Applications. The research, which reviews the efforts of journalists, campaigners and politicians to engage the British public with climate change, explores how new 'visual strategies' can communicate climate change messages against a backdrop of increased climate scepticism. "There have been various efforts to put a...

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2010-03-18 10:40:00

Proposed bans of the exporting of a critically endangered species of tuna and the trade of polar bear skins, teeth and claws were defeated United Nations (UN) wildlife conference Thursday. Legislation to protect the critically endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna, popular as an ingredient in sushi, was proposed on March 17 during the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. Representatives from that country argued that the species stocks had...

2010-03-05 10:00:00

Hunts are of economic importance only to a handful of individuals WASHINGTON, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study, The Economics of Polar Bear Trophy Hunting in Canada, jointly released today by Humane Society International and International Fund for Animal Welfare reveals that polar bear hunts provide little economic benefit to Canada's Inuit communities. The study shows that the income derived from polar bear trophy hunting amounts to only a small fraction of Northern Canada's...

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2010-02-23 15:45:42

Competition from other bears may threaten a polar bear population Biologists affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History and City College of the City University of New York have found that grizzly bears are roaming into what was traditionally thought of as polar bear habitat"”and into the Canadian province of Manitoba, where they are officially listed as extirpated. The preliminary data was recently published in Canadian Field Naturalist and shows that sightings of Ursus...

2010-01-14 15:20:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Hipster urbanite DJ ChloroPhil is not your typical, run of the mill environmentalist. He's devoted everything to living in peaceful harmony with the planet: healthy eating, low-impact travel, sustainable energy-the perfect green lifestyle. Or so he thinks. One night at his club, while burning some mysterious "eco-friendly" incense, Phil unwittingly summons the spirit of an arctic polar bear who informs him that he still has room for...


Latest Polar bear 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...

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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