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2010-08-24 14:22:31

The cave bear started to become extinct in Europe 24,000 years ago, but until now the cause was unknown. An international team of scientists has analyzed mitochondrial DNA sequences from 17 new fossil samples, and compared these with the modern brown bear. The results show that the decline of the cave bear started 50,000 years ago, and was caused more by human expansion than by climate change. "The decline in the genetic diversity of the cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) began around 50,000 years...

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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...

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2009-06-18 05:55:00

Brown bears frequenting the nearby grounds of the Sinaia mountain resort in Romania have been luring tourists far and wide, forcing authorities to instigate a relocation operation due to the imposing danger, the Associated Free Press reported Wednesday.  Mayor Vlad Oprea said several of the 25 targeted bears for relocation have already been caught and carried to the forests in the Arges region, 60 miles west of Sinaia.  Overnight at the region's primary tourist attraction, the...

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2008-07-16 12:00:00

Within a year of the successful rehabilitation of two hand-reared Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus), the Centre for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation (CBRC) has released another batch of five in Pakke Tiger Reserve in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The bears, hand-reared at the CBRC, were undergoing acclimatization in the wild at Upper Dikarai since September last year. Following the soft-release protocol known as "assisted release," the bears were taken for...

2005-11-15 15:43:28

By Patricia Wilson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protected for 30 years, grizzlies near Yellowstone National Park could become fair game after the Bush administration on Tuesday took the first step to remove the bears from the U.S. endangered species list. A big, bold icon of the American West that mostly eats plants and animals but occasionally attacks tourists, Ursus arctos horribilis essentially is a victim of its own success, rebounding from a low of about 220 in 1975, when it was...

2005-11-15 14:39:04

By Patricia Wilson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protected for 30 years, grizzlies near Yellowstone National Park could become fair game after the Bush administration on Tuesday took the first step to remove the bears from the U.S. endangered species list. A big, bold icon of the American West that mostly eats plants and animals but occasionally attacks tourists, Ursus arctos horribilis essentially is a victim of its own success, rebounding from a low of about 220 in 1975, when it was...


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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...

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...

Florida Black Bear, Ursus americanus floridanus
2013-05-17 11:12:26

The Florida black bear (Ursus americanus floridanus) is a subspecies of the American black bear. It once held a range that included Florida and southern areas of Georgia and Alabama. Today it occurs in these areas and in southern Mississippi, but its range is now fragmented. This species prefers a habitat within forested areas like sand-pine scrub, wetlands, oak scrub, and upland hardwood forests. This is the only species of bear to prefer a subtropical habitat. The Florida black bear...

Cinnamon Bear, Ursus americanus cinnamomum
2013-05-17 11:09:59

The cinnamon bear (Ursus americanus cinnamomum) is a subspecies of the American black bear known as a color phase. It can be found in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and western areas of Canada. This species derives it common name from the reddish fur that occurs throughout its body. It can reach an average weight between 203 and 595 pounds. This species can vary in color from reddish brown to red with cream coloring, and some individuals are even brown. Cubs are...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'