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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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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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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

RAMONA, Calif.—After a year of medical care and rehabilitation from a severe case of mange – including gaining 120 pounds - the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center has determined that Eve, the hairless “bare bear rescued on Christmas Eve 2017, is not suited for survival on her own in the wild. The...

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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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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

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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