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Bears are powerful, majestic animals who were once nearly wiped out, but are now reclaiming their wild homes.

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Depending on pack ice for their habitat, polar bears are threatened by climate change—and by traffic in their fur and parts.

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Black bear walking down the street in Yellowstone

Meet the new neighbors—and surprise, they don’t want to eat you. As human and black bear populations expand and overlap, this native animal is under fire. But bear-friendly strategies show what can happen when we put down the guns and start cleaning up our acts. It was when Robert Scott ran into...

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Karen E. Lange

What is bear hounding? Hounding involves hunters and guides using packs of radio-collared hounds to pursue bears until the exhausted, frightened animals seek refuge in a tree (where they are shot) or turn to fight the hounds. Hounding results in injuries or death to both bears and dogs and leaves...

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As black bear numbers increase in some North American communities and more people move into bear habitat, encounters between bears and people have risen. Whether you live in bear country or are just visiting, you can take simple steps to avoid conflicts. Why bears lose their fear of humans Bears...

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Adapted from the book Wild Neighbors

Today, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted in favor of a proposed trophy hunting season for grizzly bears in the state, subjecting the Great Bear to the first hunt in decades. The proposal allows trophy hunters to kill 23 bears just outside of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Prior...

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JACKSON, Wyoming, and VICTOR, Idaho—A coalition of organizations today submitted petitions to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and the Idaho Fish and Game Commission proposing rules to require hunters in grizzly bear habitat to carry bear spray. The proposals follow years of high grizzly bear...

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Note: The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center was an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States from 2005 to 2020. In 2020, it became part of San Diego Humane Society. RAMONA, Calif.—After a year of medical care and rehabilitation from a severe case of mange – including gaining 120 pounds -...

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Jefferson City, MISSOURI—Records obtained by the Humane Society of the United States from the Missouri Department of Conservation Commission show that Missourians strongly oppose a proposed trophy hunting season on black bears. More than 2,000 comments were against the hunt, while approximately 100...

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The U.S. House of Representatives overturned a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule that stopped a set of appalling and unsporting predator control methods on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. These egregious practices include shooting or trapping wolves while at their dens with cubs, using...

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The U.S. Senate overturned a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule that stopped a set of appalling and unsporting hunting methods on national wildlife refuges in Alaska.

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Humane Society Legislative Fund

What is bear baiting? Bear baiting involves intensive feeding of black bears to make them easier targets of trophy hunters waiting nearby. It occurs typically weeks in advance of hunting seasons to accustom bears to feeding in a certain area. Hunters stack donuts, candy, grease, rotting garbage...

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Less than 24 hours after Judge Dana Christensen’s order restoring Endangered Species Act protections to Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. introduced a bill that would reverse the Yellowstone-area grizzly court ruling, despite the fact that Rep. Cheney’s attempt to add the bill...

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Humane Society Legislative Fund

Spring hunts of black bears can kill mother bears, leaving orphaned cubs to fend for themselves. Some cubs are only a few months old and still nursing or are yearlings who are still dependent for another few months. Most orphaned cubs suffer from starvation, predation or exposure. Some state...

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In advance of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's April 15 meeting, conservation and animal protection groups are calling on the FWC to vote down a proposal to open a trophy hunt on the unique subspecies of Florida black bears. The FWC’s proposal would allow 275 Florida black...

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The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of a grizzly bear in East Idaho. This reward is in...

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In a landmark ruling yesterday, a federal district court in Montana held that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cut corners and ignored science when it rushed to remove federal protections for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The court’s order restores federal protection to this...

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A lone grizzly walks by the side of Yellowstone Lake

Editor's note: Since this story first published, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reopened the comment period on its proposed plan to delist grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The comment period closes Oct. 7, 2016. Each April, people around the world await the emergence of a 20...

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Karen E. Lange

In an important grizzly bear recovery zone and wildlife corridor in Montana’s Yaak Valley, another 315 acres of vital habitat for grizzly bears and other wildlife are now a permanently protected safe haven. You can take pride in your support of a land trust that helps keep such wildlands safe for...

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to forego its controversial black bear hunt, promising to revisit the issue in 2017. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement: “Florida residents spoke in overwhelming...

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