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  • New Jersey Hiker Photographed Bear Before It Killed Him

    11/26/2014 9:51:44 AM PST · by george76 · 100 replies
    CBS NewYork/ ^ | November 26, 2014
    Police in West Milford have released five photos taken by 22-year-old Darsh Patel before he was killed by the 300-pound black bear while hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve. The photos show the bear behind a fallen tree in the woods. Investigators say the phone was found with puncture marks from the bear. ... West Milford police and the state Environmental Protection Department said last month that the bear did not seem interested in food and exhibited “stalking type behavior.”
  • WY:Bear Spray v. Bullets: Flaws in the Studies

    10/03/2014 10:24:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Three recent cases of bear attack in Wyoming illustrate the flaws in studies purporting to show that bear spray is superior to firearms as a defense against bears.    On September 20th, 2014 the following incident occurred.  From county10.com: (Dubois, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service both confirmed today that a third bear incident occurred this past weekend, on Saturday in northwestern Fremont County. In this incident, Lander Large Carnivore Specialist Brian DeBolt said a Grizzly bear was shot and killed “in an act of self defense” in the East...
  • (NJ) Hikers undeterred but locals unnerved by fatal West Milford bear attack

    09/26/2014 5:48:51 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies
    Bergen Record ^ | September 26, 2014 | ALLISON PRIES
    Hikers were undeterred Friday, but people who live in bear country were unnerved by a fatal black bear attack earlier this week near a West Milford hiking trail.Darsh Patel, 22, a Rutgers University student from Edison, was found dead by police in the 576-acre Apshawa Preserve after he and four friends ran from a 4-year-old, 300 pound black bear that was trailing them. Patel’s body was found with bite and claw marks on it. Authorities, who searched two hours for Patel, shot and killed a bear that was found near his body acting aggressively.“They’re normally so docile,” said Suzie...
  • Lorna Weafer, bear attack victim, aspired to be a psychologist ( Canada )

    09/16/2014 10:38:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 76 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 09, 2014
    Lorna Weafer, the 36-year-old Suncor instrument technician who was mauled and killed by a black bear ... Weafer was on her way back to work from a washroom when she was attacked by a large, male black bear while working at a Suncor oilsands site north of Fort McMurray, Alta., around 2 p.m. on Wednesday. She was declared dead on the scene. ... Mike Ewald, an investigator with Alberta Fish and Wildlife, said Weafer’s co-workers tried to scare the bear off using fire extinguishers, a water cannon and air horn — “all general things that should scare it off,” Ewald...
  • Bear attack in Wyoming kills Utah man

    09/16/2014 10:15:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Sep 15 2014 01 | Brett Prettyman
    Officials from Wyoming’s Game and Fish Department confirmed late Monday that a 31-year-old Utah man had been killed by a bear. ... A release from the Wyoming wildlife agency said Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan "indicated the pathologist’s preliminary report stated the individual suffered blunt force trauma from a probable bear bite." Evidence collected at the site is being analyzed to try to determine if the bear that attacked Stewart was a grizzly or a black bear. ... Hunter said there are high densities of grizzly and black bears in the drainage where the body was found and there were...
  • Wash. hunter chased up tree, bitten by black bear

    09/06/2014 9:00:32 PM PDT · by cutty · 77 replies
    Fox ^ | September 06, 2014
    A Washington state hunter is recovering after surviving an attack by an angry black bear that chased him up a tree, chomped down on his leg and clawed him with one of its big paws. Retiree Jerry House knows how lucky he is to have fended off the bear. He said he got the bear off him only after he kicked the animal in the nose as he hung onto a tree branch.
  • JBER runner after bear attack: 'This is how I'm going to die'

    05/29/2014 7:56:07 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 32 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | May 29, 2014 | CRAIG MEDRED
    A young California mother attacked by a grizzly bear while running along a remote road through the woods at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson says she was at one point sure she was going to die. In a video interview with military officials 12 days after the attack, Jessica Gamboa, wife of a soldier on the base and mother of a 4-year-old son, said she thought her life was over after the bear knocked her to the ground, picked her up by her backside, carried her across the road, dropped her to the ground, and worked her over twice more before finally...
  • Large black bear kills female Canadian Suncor worker

    05/08/2014 1:44:14 PM PDT · by kingattax · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 5-8-14
    An energy company worker has been killed by a black bear at a base in the tar sands region of the Canadian province of Alberta, the firm has said. The 36-year-old woman was declared dead at the scene on Wednesday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police later shot and killed the male bear, which had remained in the area. Bears are emerging from hibernation near the Suncor Energy Inc oil sands mining operation, 25km (15.5m) north of Fort McMurray.
  • Hikers woken by screams during Labrador polar bear attack ( Canada )

    08/17/2013 7:23:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    CBC News ^ | Aug 17, 2013
    Maine man badly injured in Torngat Mountains National Park. A U.S. hiker vividly recalls the night one of his fellow campers was pulled from his tent and attacked by a polar bear in Torngat Mountains National Park in northern Labrador. Matt Dyer, a lawyer from Maine, was badly injured during the attack at around 1:30 a.m. AT on July 24. Richard Eisenberg was with Dyer and six other hikers as part of a Sierra Club hiking trip to the remote park. He said the group woke up to the sounds of Dyer screaming as he was dragged from his tent....
  • Bear Attack in Wexford County (MI)

    08/16/2013 2:50:15 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 44 replies
    9 and 10 news ^ | 8-16-2014
    The 12 year old girl from Haring Township is in stable condition after undergoing surgery after a black bear attack. She suffered deep cuts in her thigh. Just after 9 PM, Abby Wetherell, was heading home from a cabin down a two-track, north of Cadillac, when she saw a black bear. She began to run, hoping to make it to a nearby house. The bear attacked and clawed her. Abby got to her feet and started running when the bear attacked her again. The girl shouted for help. A neighbor heard her and ran to her aid, calling out Abby's...
  • Cultural Divide on Bear Attacks

    08/08/2013 9:37:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    This sow and four cubs are part of an exploding bear population Quoted below are comments from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area chat group (BWCA).  It shows an interesting cultural divide in this country.   The first poster is willing to be oblivious to some dangers, the second offers to increase the first poster's skill level, but that would never happen without a change in attitude. The old saw about a conservative as a liberal who has been mugged comes to mind. This is of some interest  to me because I have inside knowledge that I do not have permission...
  • Senior Citizen Faces Charges for Shooting Bear That Was About to Attack Him ( Mass )

    04/09/2013 10:38:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 9, 2013
    A 76-year-old man from Auburn, Mass. says a bear was about to kill him when it entered his backyard recently, so he took his gun, aimed it, and fired. He killed the bear, but now the senior citizen and military vet is facing charges because he apparently didn’t possess the right gun permit.
  • 'Bear attack' killed local man

    11/29/2012 9:25:55 PM PST · by whodathunkit · 44 replies
    Williamsport Sun-Gazette ^ | November 27, 2012 | LANA MUTHLER
    SWISSDALE - State police say a Woodward Township, Clinton County, man died from a bear attack. The state Game Commission, however, disagrees, believing that Gary Lininger died of injuries caused when a tree fell on him. Lininger, 62, died on Oct. 16, according to the Clinton County coroner. His body was found four days later outside his secluded mountain home along Tedrow Lane, just off Route 664, the Coudersport Pike, above the village of Swissdale and some eight miles north of Lock Haven. Coroner Donald G. Walker said the death was not suspicious, but he ordered an autopsy to determine...
  • Bear mauling victim found on Alaskan island

    10/16/2012 11:37:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    ap ^ | October 16, 2012 | DAN JOLING
    Human remains found ravaged by one or more brown bears on a southeast Alaska island are likely from a Sitka man overdue on a boating trip ... They also found evidence of a struggle. They followed a trail of disturbed vegetation and articles of clothing to the human remains, which had been partially eaten. The remains had been cached within 50 yards of the beach.
  • Judge won't see Wyoming mauling site due to bear risk

    08/03/2012 8:09:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Billings Gazette ^ | August 03, 2012
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The judge in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a man killed by a grizzly bear has decided not to view the mauling site near Yellowstone National Park in person on the advice of the U.S. Marshals Service, which has deemed the area too risky because of recent bear activity. ... A 430-pound grizzly killed Erwin F. Evert, of Park Ridge, Ill., six miles east of Yellowstone in June, 2010. The male grizzly had just reawakened after being trapped, tranquilized and studied by members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, which is tasked with researching...
  • Father shoots bear chasing Mesa boy ( Colorado )

    07/16/2012 7:57:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    KJCT 8 ^ | Jul 15, 2012 | Don Coleman,
    A small boy is safe in Mesa after quite the run-in with a black bear Saturday. State wildlife officials tell us the boy spotted the young bear outside of his home before turning around and running back. The bear chased after him until the boy's father shot it with a gun. Officials say the bear was able to run back into the woods where they believe it eventually died. They are continuing to search for the carcass. "We do support the father in this case because he certainly had the right to do protect his family from this threat," Mike...
  • Bear Attacks Pennsylvania Couple In Their Home

    10/04/2011 4:19:15 PM PDT · by SJackson · 33 replies
    AOL ^ | 10-4-11
    NEWPORT, Pa. -- Officials say a bear attacked a couple inside their central Pennsylvania home, sending both people to a hospital. Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman Jerry Feaser says the attack happened Monday morning in Oliver Township. He says the couple's dog was outside and ran into the home, followed by the bear. Feaser says the man inside the home was scratched and bitten and a woman was attacked as she tried to chase the animal away. Emergency dispatchers say both were taken to Harrisburg Hospital with unspecified injuries.
  • Autopsy Planned for Dead Hiker Found in Yellowstone National Park

    08/27/2011 5:36:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 27, 2011 | AP
    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo -- Rangers investigated Saturday whether a Michigan man was the victim of a grizzly attack in Yellowstone National Park or if the bear had come upon the hiker's body after he died. The man was found Friday morning by two hikers on the Mary Mountain Trail, which runs northeast of the park's iconic Old Faithful geyser. Investigators found grizzly bear tracks and scat near the man, but were not immediately sure whether the grizzly caused the man's death or disturbed his body after he died.
  • 300-pound black bear attacks Florida bicyclist

    07/11/2011 10:27:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    ap ^ | July 11, 2011
    A Panama City man is recovering after a black bear attacked him while he was riding his bike to work. John Hearn said he saw something out of the corner of his eye early Thursday morning. The nearly 300-pound bear smacked him off his bicycle and then fled into some nearby woods. Passing motorists stopped to help
  • Grizzly Bear Kills Hiker in Yellowstone National Park

    07/06/2011 6:42:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 117 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7-6-11
    A husband and wife's backcountry hike along a popular trail turned tragic when they stumbled upon a grizzly bear and her cubs and the 57-year-old man was mauled to death, Yellowstone National Park officials said. The couple was hiking along the Wapiti Lake Trail in the Grand Canyon area of the park, park officials told ABC News. They had walked about a mile and a half from the trail head when they saw the grizzly sow and her cubs. "The bear attacked the man and killed him," said Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash. The woman screamed out for help as the...
  • Sierra Bear Attack Sparks Warning

    07/05/2011 9:42:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    ksbw ^ | July 1, 2011
    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- A late-night bear attack left a camper scratched and shaken near South Lake Tahoe over the weekend. The bear ripped open the camper's tent and
  • Court: Utah Not Immune From Lawsuit In Bear Attack

    11/23/2010 3:17:49 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | November 23rd, 2010
    The family of a Utah boy killed by a black bear can move forward with its lawsuit that contends the state didn't do enough to warn them to steer clear of the area where the bear had been seen earlier, the Utah Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The court's ruling held that the state isn't immune from a lawsuit in the death of 11-year-old Samuel Ives, who was pulled from his tent and mauled by bear in American Fork Canyon on Father's Day in 2007. A state judge last year dismissed a negligence suit against the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources,...
  • JeffCo man kills bear in run-in in garage ( Montana )

    09/16/2010 1:42:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Independent Record ^ | September 15, 2010 | EVE BYRON
    According to Dave Loewen, a Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden, the unidentified mechanic was working in his boss’s garage near Corbin — west of Interstate 15 near Jefferson City — about 3 p.m. when he heard an odd rustling outside. “He went outside to investigate, came around the corner and met a black bear face to face,” Loewen said. “The bear stood up on his back legs, the guy fell back on the ground and the bear came down on top of him with both his front paws on the man’s chest.” “He tried to spook the bear away...
  • Bear attack highlights lax Ohio exotic pet laws ( CT and FL...)

    08/31/2010 9:25:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    ap ^ | August 31, 2010 | JULIE CARR SMYTH
    The bear that recently killed a caretaker in a Cleveland suburb was the latest example of animal violence in a state that has some of the nation's weakest restrictions on exotic pets and among the highest number of injuries and deaths caused by them. The death in Ohio and attacks elsewhere - including the maiming of a Connecticut woman by her friend's pet chimpanzee and a 2-year-old Florida girl squeezed to death by her family's python - highlight that the patchwork of federal, state and local laws on keeping dangerous wild animals at home has holes. After a friend's 200-pound...
  • 1 dead, 2 injured in bear attack at MT campground

    07/28/2010 5:46:24 PM PDT · by SJackson · 44 replies · 2+ views
    AP News ^ | July 28, 2010
    1 dead, 2 injured in bear attack at MT campgroundAt least one bear rampaged through a heavily occupied campground Wednesday near Yellowstone National Park in the middle of the night, killing one person and injuring two others during a terrifying attack that forced people to hide in their cars as an animal tore through tents. Authorities said three separate attacks left a male dead and a woman and another male injured at the Soda Butte campground. The woman suffered severe lacerations and crushed bones from bites on her arms, and the surviving male was bitten on his calf. Excerpt, balance...
  • N.C. man got hit by lightning - then mauled by a bear

    06/22/2010 3:39:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies · 2+ views
    charlotteobserver.com ^ | June 22, 2010 | PAUL A. SPECHT
    Some guys have all the luck. And then there's Rick Oliver, who might be one of the unluckiest men in the state, if not the world. Oliver was mauled by a bear in his otherwise peaceful front yard a few weeks ago. "It was like getting struck by lightning," he said. Turns out, Oliver might be one of the few people in the world capable of accurately making the bear-lightning analogy. And for Oliver, 51, the two incidents seem to go hand in hand. Ever since he was struck by lightning in 2006, Oliver says, he's had trouble sleeping. On...
  • Breaking News: Another bear attack in Aspen

    09/11/2009 7:23:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 1,632+ views
    Aspen Daily News ^ | September 11, 2009
    Wildlife officers with the Colorado Division of Wildlife are searching for a bear involved in an attack Thursday night in Aspen. A man ...was attacked in his home by a bear shortly after 8 p.m. the homeowner's three dogs began barking loudly in the ground floor of the house... When the homeowner went downstairs to check on the dogs, he was confronted by a large, black bear. The victim of this attack is being treated at an area hospital.
  • Pictured: Shocking moment polar bear attacks woman who climbed into zoo enclosure

    04/11/2009 11:18:57 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 187 replies · 7,385+ views
    This is the terrifying moment a woman was attacked by a polar bear after jumping into its zoo enclosure. The 32-year-old leapt over bars at Berlin Zoo during the bears' feeding time yesterday. Despite six zookeepers' efforts to distract the four predators kept in the enclosure, the woman was bitten several times on her arms and legs. The brave keepers eventually managed to push the bear away and pull the woman to safety. She was bitten by one of the four older polar bears in the enclosure and not by the famous Knut, who took Germany by storm as a...
  • Black bear trees man near Campbell Airstrip

    03/22/2009 11:04:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 928+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 21st, 2009
    Alaska State Troopers say an Anchorage man was forced to climb a tree to dodge a black bear near Campbell Airstrip. Charles L. Lamb of Anchorage told officers he was forced up a tree by a large black bear at about 11:30 a.m. Lamb says the bear stalked them for a half mile as they walked out.
  • Lawsuit over bear attack continues

    01/31/2009 4:25:13 PM PST · by george76 · 86 replies · 2,472+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 31, 2009
    A federal judge has declined to throw out a lawsuit against the government filed by the family of an 11-year-old boy who was mauled to death by a black bear. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball ruled against the government's claim that federal agencies had immunity from being sued for negligence in the case... a black bear pulled him from his tent and killed him.
  • Attacked Green Lake man kills bear with stick

    10/08/2008 5:49:01 AM PDT · by kanawa · 16 replies · 2,343+ views
    100 Mile House Free Press ^ | October 07, 2008 | Carole Rooney
    Walking softly in bear territory may not be a good idea, but carrying a big stick certainly is -- when you're as brave as Jim West, that is. West was out walking alone with his dogs in the forest behind the gymkhana grounds near Green Lake early Saturday afternoon when he was attacked by a black bear. "I was looking for moose signs because my stepson has a limited entry tag," he said in an interview shortly after the incident. As they strolled along facing into the wind, West was calling out to his black labs, Shadow and Chopper, who...
  • Grizzly attacks woman in tent

    08/29/2008 9:08:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies · 276+ views
    The Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 29th, 2008 | CRAIG MEDRED
    Mauling was in Gates of the Arctic National Park. A grizzly bear dragged a woman out of her tent Thursday and mauled her ... according to the National Park Service. The woman was saved by companions camped with her ... An Alyeska Pipeline Services Co. helicopter, normally used to monitor the oil pipeline, was expected to pick her up there and ferry her to a hospital in Fairbanks... They were camped and asleep when the bear arrived in camp. It apparently first entered a "food tent," Quinley said. "It destroyed a water jug," he said, and tried to get into...
  • Bear attack on Uncompahgre Plateau ( Colorado ) kills dog

    08/28/2008 6:04:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 685+ views
    KJCT ^ | Aug 27, 2008 | SARA GOLDENBERG
    One family had an unwelcome guest visit them on their camping trip Wednesday. The Division of Wildlife says campers reported a black bear came into their camp site and carried their dog away in its mouth. It happened on the Uncompahgre Plateau in the Big Creek Reservoir Area near Divide Road. No one in the family was hurt-- but their dog wasn't so lucky. If you come across a bear or mountain lion the first thing you want to do is make yourself look as large as possible. Making noise and throwing things can also help-- just don't bend down....
  • Aggressive bear shot in Denali National Park and Preserve

    07/08/2008 12:55:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 65 replies · 289+ views
    An aggressive black bear was shot and killed in a remote section of Denali National Park by park staffers on July 4... The black bear had threatened the life and safety of three park employees ... Three seasonal National Park Service technicians were conducting a botany field study along the remote river when a sub-adult black bear approached their camp ... The three tried to scare it away by yelling, waving their arms and throwing objects at the bear. After being chased off into dense brush, the bear circled back to the camp three or four times. At one point,...
  • Grizzly attacks teen bicycle racer in Bicentennial Park ( Alaska )

    06/29/2008 3:20:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 454+ views
    The Anchorage Daily News ^ | June 29th, 2008 | WESLEY LOY
    A teenage girl riding in an all-night bicycle race suffered severe injuries early this morning when a bear attacked her on a trail ... Police officers with shotguns escorted medics into dark woods to retrieve the girl... "She was cut up and bit pretty good," After the mauling, the girl used her cell phone to call 911 but was unable to communicate... Another rider who came along found her sitting on the ground and said she could utter only one word: "Bear." He then used her phone to make another call for help. Sinnott said he didn't arrive in time...
  • 'He's eating my brain. I can feel it,' recalls bear attack survivor

    05/16/2008 10:49:18 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies · 1,269+ views
    CBC ^ | 5/16/08
    A 53-year-old man in Saanich, B.C., managed to drive to safety after a grizzly bear mauled his head and tossed him to the ground in the woods near Bella Coola, about 700 kilometres north of Vancouver. The attack took place on May 3 when Brent Case was on a surveying job along the rugged Central Coast area. "He came up from behind me and started gnawing at the back of my head. It just started ripping the scalp off the head," Case told CBC News on Friday. "The pain was so excruciating that I don't know why I didn't yell...
  • Man mauled by grizzly kills bear, lives to tell tale

    06/07/2008 9:36:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies · 4,256+ views
    CBC News ^ | June 6, 2008
    A man from B.C.'s Interior not only survived being mauled by a grizzly — he killed the bear as well. John Shorter, 38, was hiking near Dease Lake in Northern B.C. Tuesday when he said he smelled a bear in the area. "I heard a woofing sound, turned, seen a grizz coming at me. I managed to get my rifle up and get one round into the chest.… At that point he got on top of me, obviously, and took me down," Shorter said. "He proceeded to try to maul me in the back of the scalp and on the...
  • Black bear attacks and kills grandmother, 70, on fishing trip

    06/04/2008 2:26:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 86 replies · 1,002+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | June 2, 2008 | KATE HAMMER
    The husband of a 70-year-old grandmother who was killed by a bear in northern Quebec ... Conservation experts set traps after Friday evening's attack, but ... the bear was still at large in the wilds of northern Quebec. As she scouted a fishing hole for walleye, Ms. Lavoie became separated from her husband. Barely 10 minutes later, Mr. Lavoie felt something was amiss and went searching for his wife of 51 years. Metres away he came upon the nightmarish scene of her body being dragged into the forest by a bear. Mr. Lavoie chased the predator for nearly 200 metres...
  • Family sues Utah DWR over boy's bear mauling death

    03/28/2008 9:36:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies · 2,870+ views
    ABC 4 ^ | March 28, 2008
    The parents of the 11-year-old boy killed by a black bear last summer in American Fork Canyon are suing the U.S. Forest Service and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. They say more should have been done to prevent their son's death. Step-father Tim Mulvey, his wife Rebecca Ives and Sam’s father say they have lived with the horror of that father's day weekend every day since and now they want to make sure it never happens to anyone else's family. It is grief beyond comprehension for most of us; a child ripped away from his family in the middle of...
  • Boy and three-legged dog save mother from ( Carpathian ) bear

    01/30/2008 9:39:59 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies · 129+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 30 January 2008
    A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy and a dog with three legs fought off a 20-stone bear that attacked the boy's mother on a Romanian hillside and clamped its jaws round her neck. When the bear appeared, Petre Prundaru ran off and hid behind a tree, but his mother, Anisoara, 40, slipped and fell. When the boy saw the bear grab her by the neck, he picked up a stick and charged it. His pet dog, Cotonogu, also went for the bear and the animal ran off. Petre then managed to find a shepherd, who called emergency services... A hospital spokesman said: "Most...
  • Bear attack: Wounds healing ( Self defense is a good thing )

    12/30/2007 12:27:32 PM PST · by george76 · 52 replies · 163+ views
    Peninsula Clarion ^ | December 28, 2007 | JOSEPH ROBERTIA
    Patmor had the encounter with a large brown bear ...there are other ways his life has changed after the event. He now brings more than just his dog with him while walking to the post office. "I carry my .44 whenever I go anywhere now," ... Patmor said carrying the pistol is a result of not just the bear bite, but also ... "I figured if I'm going to keep being attacked by animals, I've got to do something to protect myself," "In 20 years, I've hardly ever seen bears around my house, but I saw five browns and blacks...
  • Newfoundland woman, 87, shoots second black bear dead in a month

    07/10/2007 3:21:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies · 1,105+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | July 10 | Canada
    Bears roaming the woods of Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula have met their match in Cecilia Smith, an 87-year-old grandmother with a quick shot. For the second time in less than a month, Smith found herself eye-to-eye with a black bear outside her cabin Saturday in the rural community of Hawke's Bay, N.L. The 140-kilogram bear was trapped in a snare Smith had set three weeks after she shot another black bear dead prowling outside her cabin. She then grabbed her gun, shot it and later took it to a nearby dump. This comes three weeks after Smith, who holds a licence...
  • Spray vs. gun bear deterrent debate rages

    12/03/2007 3:09:30 PM PST · by george76 · 130 replies · 1,026+ views
    the Missoulian ^ | December 03 2007 | JOHN CRAMER
    Long ago, grizzly bears thrived in Montana as did tales - some tall, some true - told by frontiersmen of a man-eater even more fearsome than the other two bogeymen of the forest, wolves and mountain lions. Today, the reputation of Ursus arctos horribilis - along with other major predators ... Also changed is how people can handle encounters with grizzlies, using a chemical spray rather than guns to improve the odds that both humans and bears will escape the encounters unharmed. But Workman believes that if a bullet was good enough for his great-grandfather more than a century ago,...
  • Border collies help save man from attack by black bear

    07/22/2007 3:34:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies · 965+ views
    CanWest News Service ^ | July 18, 2007 | Sunny Freeman
    Roy Klopp survived a shocking twist in his daily bike ride Monday after being bit in the behind by a black bear near Clinton. "It wasn't my day to die," said Klopp, who returned to his job at the sawmill last night after taking a day to recuperate from the attack. Around 11 a.m. Monday morning, Klopp, 56, and his border collies, Tippy and Chuckie, met an unusually aggressive black bear in the bushes near a curve in the walking trails above Clinton, a town of about 740 residents 380 kilometres northeast of Vancouver. Protected only by a pair of...
  • Oregon trooper kills black bear that broke into home

    12/12/2007 10:07:32 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 305+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/12/2007
    An Oregon State Police trooper had to shoot and kill a black bear that broke into a home in Florence on the Oregon coast. The homeowner said the bear broke into his house ... again ... The bear was in a tree when the trooper arrived, and then climbed down and charged at him before the trooper killed it with a shotgun.
  • Boy's mauling death, other human-bear encounters brings call for more hunting permits

    12/07/2007 10:06:37 AM PST · by george76 · 72 replies · 441+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 12/07/2007 | Patty Henetz
    Bears that barge in on people in the forest have become enough of a nuisance that more of them should be hunted, state wildlife managers have decided. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, responding to a spike in human-bear contacts and an 11-year-old boy's death in June, want to issue 296 black bear hunting permits for Utah's 2008 spring and fall hunts, a 20 percent increase from the 248 permits offered this year. DWR officials say the state's black bear population is high enough to warrant the permit increase. Wildlife managers also say bears and humans clashed too many times...
  • 'I thought I was going to die' ( bear attack )

    12/02/2007 9:24:01 AM PST · by george76 · 63 replies · 258+ views
    JUNEAU EMPIRE ^ | December 2, 2007 | KIM MARQUIS
    Juneau man recounts Friday morning bear attack on Admiralty Island . A "crack" in the brush. A split second to turn and see the bear. Another second to click the gun's safety off. That's all the time Dr. John Raster had before the brown bear attacked him. "I screamed and fired a shot into the air," he said. "It was already on me and the gun was still pretty much slung around my shoulder. He bit me and started scratching me and pushed me down into the water." The Juneau doctor had been walking alone Friday morning along a stretch...
  • Teen encounters black bear in kitchen

    10/15/2007 3:41:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies · 96+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | oct 15, 2007
    A man awakened by a bump in the night went to investigate and found an intruder, but it wasn't a burglar. Instead, Blaine Harling found himself face to snout with a black bear that had come in through an open window. Harling, 19, has been staying at the cabin belonging to his grandparents... "He thought it was the blinds flopping in the window from a two feet wide, by five feet high, crank-out window that he had left open for ventilation," ... The screened window was open just 18 inches, but that was enough for the adult black bear to...
  • Bear Encounter Strands Cranberry-Pickers

    10/03/2007 4:34:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 177+ views
    It was a hostage situation with a twist, and a happy ending. A group of cranberry-pickers spent a night stranded on an island in a Russian swamp Wednesday after an encounter with a bear prevented them from leaving before dark, a ranger said. Twelve people, including a pregnant woman, were harvesting the berries on an island near the town of Malaya Vishera, in the Novgorod region 280 miles northwest of Moscow, when a brown bear approached them, emergency official Sergei Orlov. The pickers - most of them Gypsies, or Roma, from the area - set up a bonfire, shooed the...
  • Bear kills man

    07/21/2007 8:32:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies · 422+ views
    AP ^ | 21/07/07 | AP
    A bear fatally mauled a man yesterday in a town near the Carpathian Mountains, authorities said. The 50-year-old man was walking in a pasture when the bear attacked him near his house in Zarnesti, a city about 240 kilometres north of Bucharest, news television Realitatea TV reported. On Tuesday, the same bear is believed to have attacked two households, injuring one man. The bear ran away after being poked with a pitchfork by the man's wife. A shepherd also complained to authorities that the bear killed eight of his sheep.