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2009-02-16 13:25:00

Two polar bears are being encouraged by human matchmakers to mate, in an effort to further protect the species against extinction, USA Today reported. Nanuq, the aging polar bear from Wisconsin, is being brought to Buffalo, New York to meet Anana, a female bear, in hopes that their pairing could result in some offspring. Jim Hubing, director of the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wis., said zoo officials should know probably by late summer or early fall if she has conceived. Last year, polar...

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2009-01-15 13:20:00

Alaska's government said Wednesday it plans to issue a challenge to block federal protections for a struggling population of beluga whales in Cook Inlet, a mature oil-producing basin. The decision comes just five months after suing to keep polar bears off the U.S. threatened species list. The energy-rich state believes the Endangered Species Act protections for belugas announced in October by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are unwarranted, according to former vice...

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2008-12-10 16:33:47

Wildlife satellite studies could lead to a radical re-thinking about how the snowy owl fits into the Northern ecosystem. "Six of the adult females that we followed in a satellite study spent most of last winter far out on the Arctic sea ice," said Universit© Laval doctoral student Jean-Francois Therrien, who is working with Professor Gilles Gauthier as part of an International Polar Year (IPY) research project to better understand key indicator species of Canadian northern ecosystems....

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2008-12-05 06:40:00

A conservation group hopes to force the federal government to add the Pacific walrus to the threatened species list by taking them to court.On Wednesday, the Center for Biological Diversity brought a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne for not acting on a petition seeking to protect the Pacific walrus.According to the group, the Pacific walrus is threatened by global warming which melts Arctic sea ice.  The group has also filed...

2008-12-02 21:38:02

Knut the polar bear, possibly the most famous Berliner of recent years, is likely to eventually be moved out of the German capital. The bear was born in the Berlin Zoo two years ago this Friday. But officials say keeping Knut as he grows older and larger would involve spending millions of euros on adequate quarters that would also include a mate, The Independent reported. He should go sooner rather than later, Heiner Klos, chief bear keeper, said. Knut must finally find a new home. Knut is...

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2008-11-26 13:46:28

A recent study published on Wednesday shows that giant cave bears froze to death during the last Ice Age in Europe about 28,000 years ago and were not hunted into extinction by man thousands of years later "” as scientists previously thought. The largely vegetarian bears apparently died off as sharp cooling of the climate led to a freeze that killed off the fruits, nuts and plants they ate. Despite surviving on a mostly plant-based diet, the large bears weighed up to a ton and were...

2008-11-26 08:50:56

Zookeepers in Kushiro, Japan, said they have discovered the problem preventing their pair of polar bears from mating -- the animals are both female. The zookeepers said the Kushiro municipal zoo obtained a polar bear named Tsuyoshi three years ago as a cub and officials said they were baffled when the bear refused to mate with the zoo's 11-year-old female, Kurumi, after the animals were introduced in June, CNN reported Wednesday. Zoo officials said Tsuyoshi was put under anesthesia earlier in...

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2008-11-26 09:55:00

In a zoo in northern Japan, handlers of a popular polar bear were in for a surprise when they brought him in to mate with a female and found that he, was in fact, a she. Masako Inoue, a zookeeper at the Kushiro Municipal Zoo, said that four year old Tsuyoshi, a 441 lb. polar bear, had been living in harmony with a female polar bear since June. "We thought he was a male, so we never had any doubts as we took care of him," she said. "But one day we realized that the two bears urinate in the...

2008-10-09 09:00:26

the endangered animals Among the mammals particularly in danger are primates, used for bush meat in parts of Africa and facing major loss of habitat in Southeast Asia. The report also notes unusually high threats to tapirs, hippos, bears, pigs and hogs, while among the less threatened are moles, opossums and free-tailed bats. the causes In general, larger mammals were found to be more threatened than smaller ones. Larger species tend to have lower population densities, grow more...

2008-10-08 15:00:20

Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is an extremist with an appalling environmental record. In the Arctic, glaciers are receding at an alarming rate, huge sections of the ice shelf are falling into the ocean and it continues to experience the lowest levels of returning sea ice ever recorded. Despite this, Gov. Palin's administration has joined forces with big oil companies operating in Alaska to sue the Bush administration for declaring the polar bear, which depends on this freeze 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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