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  • 54 Year Old Woman Mauled By Florida Bear.Stuck Her Arm In Cage To Pet It."Oops".

    Woman, 54, severely injured after being mauled by caged BEAR she was trying to pet at wildlife center. Here is the link. But what can you say? Who in any state of mind sticks their arm in a cage with a 400 pound bear? This would be like going to your local zoo and attempting to pet a panther or cougar through the 4x4 inch cage gaps.
  • 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.”
  • New Jersey hiker killed by black bear: police

    09/22/2014 10:59:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 86 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 22, 2014 | Ellen Wulfhorst
    The bear began to follow the hikers and they scattered... Four of them regrouped but Patel was missing and they contacted police, it said. Patel's body was found about two hours later. "Evidence at the scene indicated that the victim had been attacked by a bear. ... In New York state, a bear killed a 5-month-old girl in 2002 after knocking her out of a stroller and dragging her into the woods of the Catskills Mountains.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Black Bear Gets Back Scratch, Steals Doughnut

    05/14/2014 11:59:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 8, 2014 | Matt Mauney
    SNIP Surveillance footage at Tuscarora State Park in Pennsylvania caught sneaky black bear in the act on May 1. The bear is seen giving himself a back scratch using a trail camera post. The bear then approaches a trap, sticks its head inside to grab a doughnut and leaves.
  • 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.
  • Black Bear Mauls Florida Woman, Drags Her Out of Garage

    04/13/2014 8:17:48 PM PDT · by kingattax · 56 replies
    Yahoo/Good Morning America ^ | 4-13-14 | LIZ FIELDS
    The hunt is on today for a black bear who mauled a woman at her home in an upscale central Florida neighborhood, leaving her with injuries to her face, legs and torso and requiring her to get 40 stitches to the head. Terri Frana of Lake Mary, Fla., went to her garage Saturday evening to grab bicycles for her children to ride down to their neighbor's house when the attack happened, according to her husband, Frank Frana. As soon as the children left, Frana, 45, saw two bears in the driveway. She walked to the patio area where there were...
  • Black Bear Mauls Florida Woman, Drags Her Out of Garage

    04/13/2014 2:43:20 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 108 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4-13-2014 | LIZ FIELDS
    The hunt is on today for a black bear who mauled a woman at her home in an upscale central Florida neighborhood, leaving her with injuries to her face, legs and torso and requiring her to get 40 stitches to the head. Terri Frana of Lake Mary, Fla., went to her garage Saturday evening to grab bicycles for her children to ride down to their neighbor's house when the attack happened, according to her husband, Frank Frana. As soon as the children left, Frana, 45, saw two bears in the driveway. She walked to the patio area where there were...
  • (Drunken) Alaska Man Feeds Black Bear Barbecue Meat, Gets Mauled for Dessert

    06/20/2013 6:33:09 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 49 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | Sasha Goldstein
    Alaska man feeds black bear barbecue meat, gets mauled for dessert The drunken man could be charged with illegally feeding wildlife after the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says he 'pretty much goaded' the beast into the attack. Beer, barbecue and black bears are never a good mix. An Alaska man learned that the hard way this weekend when he threw a hungry bear a piece of barbecued meat — only to be mauled by the same bear. "He'd been drinking," Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen told the Anchorage Daily News of the man. The unidentified man was...
  • Video: Courageous cat scares off scaredy-cat bear

    07/28/2012 8:56:29 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Brett Wilkins
    Video: Courageous cat scares off scaredy-cat bear In a battle between a big, black bear and your average house cat, who would win? In the case of one fearless feline, the answer is not what you'd think. Petsami, an online animal entertainment network from the creators of America's Funniest Home Videos, posted this hilarious YouTube clip of a massive black bear being chased off by a courageous cat. The hapless bear is just doing what bears do, lumbering about and sniffing stuff, when out of nowhere appears a black and white cat. The bear is clearly shocked, and beats a...
  • Man Shoots At Bear That Attacked His Dog In West Hartford [CT]

    07/17/2012 6:33:53 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 24 replies
    HartfordCourant ^ | July 16, 2012 | staff reporter
    WEST HARTFORD —— A man walking dogs on Metropolitan District property early Monday fired eight shots from a handgun at a bear that he said attacked his schnauzer, officials said. The man, identified by police as Dan Sweeney, 29, of West Hartford, was not injured. It was not clear Monday whether he will face charges. "They're trying to figure out exactly what happened," said Lt. Jeff Rose, referring to West Hartford police officers. "Were there people around? Was he in danger?"
  • Cable guy finds sleeping bear in NJ basement

    12/15/2011 10:35:16 PM PST · by Enchante · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/15/2011 | AP Staff
    HOPATCONG, N.J. (AP) — A cable TV repairman got quite a surprise when he walked into the basement of a New Jersey home. There was a 500-pound bear sound asleep on the floor.
  • Hudson hunter's black bear may be largest ever in Wisconsin

    10/18/2011 5:21:00 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 17 replies · 4+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 10-18-11 | Andy Rathbun
    Lon Feia didn't know how big a black bear he had until he saw the carcass. He knew there were bears on his property, which borders Willow River State Park in the town of Hudson, Wis., and started setting out bait in July. Soon he began getting "hits." "Then, finally, on Aug. 24, he started coming in," Feia said. "And in pretty short order he claimed the bait, so (all the other bears) went away." It was the evening of Oct. 9 when Feia took a shot that brought down the bear - an animal that measured 7 feet, 2...
  • Bear Bites Teen's Arm ( inside the tent )

    07/15/2011 5:50:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    KMGH-TV ^ | July 15, 2011
    LEADVILLE, Colo. -- A black bear went into a tent in a central-Colorado campground and bit or scratched a sleeping teenage boy's arm. State wildlife officials say the boy was camping out with his family in the mountains near Leadville when the bear grabbed him early Friday. Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton tells KMGH-TV the boy needed medical care, but his wounds didn't appear to be life-threatening.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bear, With Cubs Nearby, Kills Dog In Avon, [CT]

    06/05/2011 11:57:42 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 103 replies · 1+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | June 03, 2011 | CHRISTINE DEMPSEY
    A bear with two cubs nearby attacked and killed a dog on Friday in the backyard of a Stonefield Road home, the town's animal control officer said. Max, a chocolate Cocker Spaniel, died in the yard where owner Linda Jensen was working, said Beverly LaPlume, the animal control officer for Avon and Canton. "I am devastated, because this is a dog they adopted from me," LaPlume said.
  • Beware of predatory male black bears

    05/11/2011 6:02:52 AM PDT · by decimon · 76 replies
    University of Calgary ^ | May 11, 2011 | Unknown
    Research regarding North American black bear fatal attacks on people shows lone males are most dangerous, attack rates are rising with human population growthFatal encounters with black bears have been exceedingly rare during the last century, but appear to be mainly the result of predatory male bears targeting humans in their wilderness home ranges, according to a new study led by the world's leading expert on bear attacks. In an article published today in the Journal of Wildlife Management, University of Calgary professor emeritus Dr. Stephen Herrero, University of Calgary graduate Andrew Higgins, and colleagues from the Massachusetts Division of...
  • Second day of N.J. bear hunt yields new record of total kills

    12/08/2010 4:48:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | 11.07.10 | HANNAN ADELY
    The number of bears killed in the New Jersey bear hunt climbed to 386 by the close of check stations Tuesday, the second day of the hunt. The new number was reported Wednesday morning by the state Division of Fish and Wildlife. Hunters brought in 264 bear to check stations Monday and 122 by 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The total number of bear killed in the first two days was more than the entire duration of the last two bear hunts in 2003 and 2005. State officials expect that 500 to 700 bears will be killed by the time the...
  • 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,...
  • Video of "The Jungle Book's" Baloo of & Real Bear Scratching Their Backs on Tree

    11/22/2010 4:28:04 PM PST · by OneVike · 52 replies
    If you remember the movie, "The Jungle Book", then you must remember the bear called Baloo. Now remember when he sang the song, "The Bear Necessities"? Well during that sequence he started scratching his back on a tree. In this video you have Baloo and a real live black bear mixed together as they both get their backs scratched. It really is funny
  • Michigan hunter fends off attacking black bears in tree stand

    10/13/2010 5:52:10 AM PDT · by Immerito · 46 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | 10/12/10 | AP
    A 21-year-old Walloon Lake bow hunter who was trapped 15 feet above the ground when black bears came calling on his tree stand delivered a haymaker when it matter most, survived to tell the tale — and now is disputing the state's account of his harrowing ordeal. Chad Fortune said he punched, kicked and screamed at two of four "full-grown," snarling bears that made separate attempts Saturday evening to climb into his stand in Emmett County's Bear Creek Township.
  • ( Michigan ) Battle Creek girl bags 448 lbs. black bear on hunting trip

    09/28/2010 5:40:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 85 replies
    The Enquirer ^ | 9/28/2010 | Matt Campbell
    Jessica Olmstead has no problem staring down wild animals. The 17-year-old Harper Creek High School senior has taken up one of nature's oldest, and possibly most dangerous sports, hunting. In the middle of August, Olmstead and her father, Tim, took a hunting trip up to Oba, Ontario, Canada, where the high school senior shot down a bear more than twice her size. "When I go out hunting, it's really exciting," Olmstead said. "Whenever I see a bear I just want to go at it. When you're hunting, your heart is racing, your blood is pumping, and you feel that adrenaline...
  • N.J. Family Comes Face To Face With Black Bears Brazen Animals Apparently Like Playing With

    07/29/2010 8:28:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 25 replies · 1+ views
    wcbstv ^ | Jul 29, 2010 | Lou Young
    Too close for comfort. Residents of one New Jersey town said they're used to seeing black bears near their homes, but not like this. An entire family of the wild animals were captured on video playing and lounging where children had been moments before. Ushanti Gerri shot the video Tuesday afternoon, shocked to see bear cubs at play only steps from her back door. Not just two, but three of them, standing on their hind legs, sparring, exploring, acting like children, under the watchful eye of their very large mother. The bear family spent more than a half hour playing...
  • Bear that bit hiker euthanized despite Facebook opposition

    05/21/2010 5:30:13 AM PDT · by don-o · 25 replies · 484+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | May 21, 2010 | Nash Armstrong
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials euthanized a 60-pound female black bear Thursday afternoon that attacked a hiker and ended up becoming an Internet cause celebre. Wildlife biologists determined the young bear that park rangers captured May 13 bit the foot of an unidentified man who got too close with a camera as he was hiking along the popular Laurel Falls Trail the day before. Park spokeswoman Nancy Gray said park policy dictates that all animals who attack humans must be euthanized. The bear was put down "in a humane manner," according to a National Park Service news release Thursday.
  • A Handicapped Bear & A Quadriplegic Man, Proof the World Doesn't Need Socialism (Video Now Works)

    02/20/2010 10:40:12 AM PST · by OneVike · 10 replies · 508+ views
    The Way One Vike Sees It ^ | 2/20/10 | One Vike
    No one really knows who took this video of a 3 legged black bear, except that it was possibly taken in the Canadian wilderness. I have been told by some reputable sources, that some thought they had actually found the elusive Sasquatch.  Unfortunately for those who continue to believe in the story of Big Foot, what they  actually found was a mother black bear who had either been born with only one front leg or lost it in a fight at a younger age. When watching this video you will be struck by the almost human aspect of the...
  • 700-pound black bear bedevils Nev. town [shot with a .44 magnum bullet bounced off its skull]

    11/18/2009 4:26:00 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 49 replies · 3,958+ views
    upi ^ | Nov. 18, 2009
    INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Homeowners and authorities in Incline Village, Nev., say they're on the lookout for a marauding, 700-pound black bear . The bear, they say, has caused as much as $70,000 in damage so far this year, including havoc wrought inside a home it has broken into several times, the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal reported Wednesday. "The deputies up there all say he's the biggest bear they've ever seen," Carl Lackey, a biologist and bear expert with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, told the newspaper. "He'll walk right by a trap. He won't go in them....
  • Pissed Off Bear: 2, Islamic Terrorists: 0

    11/10/2009 5:26:34 AM PST · by myknowledge · 22 replies · 1,139+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | November 8, 2009
    In Indian Kashmir, an Islamic terrorist leader, and one of his followers was killed by a black bear. Two other terrorists were wounded, but were able to flee to a nearby village. Although the terrorists were armed with assault rifles, the bear attacked quickly, and at night, and the men were unable to use their weapons in the restricted confines of the cave. Apparently the bear was going to use the cave to hibernate in, and was upset to find that the terrorists had moved in. The four terrorists thought the cave was abandoned, and a good place to hide...
  • Bear Run! Black bear chills in Wis. beer cooler

    10/17/2009 3:39:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 2,113+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/17/09 | AP
    HAYWARD, Wis. – Shoppers in a Wisconsin grocery store got an unexpected surprise when a 125-pound black bear wandered inside and headed straight for the beer cooler. The bear stopped Friday night at Marketplace Foods in Hayward,.. It calmly climbed up 12 feet onto a shelf in the beer cooler where it sat for about an hour while employees helped evacuate customers and summoned wildlife officials.
  • 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.
  • Bear Found Feeding on Elderly Woman's Body in Colorado

    08/08/2009 7:03:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 184 replies · 7,693+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 08, 2009
    Wildlife officials say a bear was found feeding on the body of a 73-year-old woman who had been repeatedly warned not to give dog food to the bruins that live near her home north of Ouray. Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman ...says the woman was known to feed bears dog food and would not stop, even after repeated requests from wildlife officials. Sheriff's deputies investigating the incident killed an aggressive bear at the woman's home. A necropsy is planned for the 250-pound male to determine the contents of its stomach.
  • NM officials capture bear that killed sheep ( then Released it after a stern warning ? )

    06/25/2009 10:27:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 894+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 06/22/2009
    New Mexico officials captured and released a bear after it was spotted with a sheep it had just killed in the yard of a Dona Ana County farming community. Lita Tafoya found the 160-pound bear in her back yard after it had made the kill Thursday evening. State Department of Game and Fish officials tracked the bear near an elementary school ...
  • The Three Bears? Try 163,000 ... and counting

    06/13/2009 8:04:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies · 1,219+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2009-06-13 | ROGER ALFORD,
    With black bear populations rising, run-ins have become almost commonplace... Canadian bear researcher Hank Hristienko, who conducted the survey in January, found that 18 Eastern states were seeing more encounters with bears. In a 2006 attack, a 210-pound male bear killed a 6-year-old girl and mauled her 2-year-old brother as well as her mother who tried to fend off the animal. The attack occurred during a family outing in Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest. near Prestonsburg, Ky., last year, a bear held tourists at bay inside a cabin until rangers arrived to chase it away. The U.S. bear population more than...
  • 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.
  • "And That's New Jersey Politics" (Adler, NJOA, NJ dirty politics exposed yet again)

    10/28/2008 4:18:06 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 8 replies · 429+ views
    PolitickerNJ.com ^ | 10/27/08 | Kristin Antonello
    "And that's New Jersey Politics."Taped phone conversation indicates Adler and other Trenton insiders traded legislative access and action for endorsements in Congressional race           Mount Holly, October 27, 2008-Excerpts from a taped phone conversation between New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA) Chairman, Anthony Mauro, and another individual who taped the conversation, expose the seedy, underside of New Jersey politics, and detail how Senator Adler and Trenton insiders like Speaker Joe Roberts and Senate President Dick Codey traded promises of legislative favors to secure Adler endorsements in the 3rd Congressional District race this year, charged job-creating businessman and decorated combat veteran Chris...
  • Vernon woman accused of interfering with bear biologists [NJ bear nut Susan Kehoe nailed again!]

    10/10/2008 4:03:11 PM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 13 replies · 936+ views
    The Star-Ledger ^ | 10/9/08 | Jim Lockwood/The Star-Ledger
    An animal-rights activist from Vernon has been charged with obstruction and resisting arrest when she interfered with state wildlife biologists who were trying to tranquilize a black bear to change a satellite-radio collar used to track the bear, police said today. Susan Kehoe, 58, was charged Wednesday at 4:16 p.m. when she interfered and prevented a biologist from firing a tranquilizer dart at the bear, police said in a press release. They did not specifically say how Kehoe interfered, and police and state officials could not immediately be reached for comment. Reached by telephone, Kehoe also declined to comment.
  • 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,...
  • Florida Biologist Saves Drowning (Black) Bear

    06/29/2008 6:09:32 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies · 509+ views
    Florida biologist saves drowning bear Last Updated: 12:14AM BST 30/06/2008 A biologist has dived into the Gulf of Mexico in Florida to rescue a stray black bear. Biologist Adam Warwick saves a 375-pound black bear from drowning in Gulf waters Warwick performed the daring rescue when the bear bolted for open Gulf waters after taking the tranquilizer dart The 375lb beast had been roaming a residential area at Alligator Point, near Tallahassee, when wildlife officers decided to trap it and move it away from houses. They shot the bear with a tranquiliser dart, spooking the animal, which raced toward 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...
  • 'Bearzilla' weighs in at hefty 726 pounds [northern N.J. black bear]

    05/15/2008 6:28:30 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 34 replies · 704+ views
    Star-Ledger ^ | 5/14/2008 | Brian T. Murray, Star-Ledger Staff
    "Bearzilla" is real and living somewhere in West Milford. A 726-pound male black bear, the heaviest ever handled by New Jersey wildlife officials, was captured over the weekend in the northern Passaic County township. It was treated for a nose injury, marked with identifying tags and set free. "That is just its spring weight. It only recently left a winter den ... Wait until it feeds all summer to fatten up for denning this fall. It could get over 900 pounds," said Len Wolgast, a member of the state Fish and Game Council and former wildlife biology professor. The bear...
  • Police respond to bear [Vernon, NJ]

    04/22/2008 6:12:42 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 55 replies · 691+ views
    New Jersey Herald ^ | 4/22/2008 | Bruce A. Scruton
    VERNON — A Lake Wanda man, investigating a noise in his house, came face to face with a bear rummaging through his kitchen trash Sunday evening and escaped through a bedroom window to call police from a neighbor's home. A responding officer spotted the bear in the front yard of the Chestnut Street home, still eating garbage. The officer fired once at the bear and believed he hit the animal, but the bruin ran off into the woods. A Sunday night search of the area couldn't find any trace of blood or hair, and a follow-up search Monday could not...
  • Large black bear found in Greenbrier ( 397 pounds )

    04/18/2008 8:32:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies · 289+ views
    Register-Herald Reporter ^ | April 15, 2008 | Christian Giggenbach
    A 400-pound black bear found last Friday on I-64 is “the largest I’ve ever seen,”... The bear weighed a total of 397 pounds and also weighed 262 pounds after being field dressed, Kaiser said. From head to toe, the bear measured seven feet in length. “It’s the largest bear I’ve seen in my 29 years in the department,” Kaiser said. “And bears at this time of the year normally weigh less because they are just emerging from their dens after hibernating most of the winter. This is a huge bear.” The bear was skinned and processed at Bluegrass Meat in...
  • 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...
  • State black bear unit busier in '07 ( New Jersey )

    01/10/2008 9:07:13 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies · 112+ views
    The Star-Ledger ^ | January 09, 2008 | FRED J. AUN
    The number of black bears that got in trouble between late November and late December nearly doubled last year as compared to the same period in 2006... In a report to the state Fish and Game Council, the division's five-member Black Bear Unit said it received 50 calls for assistance between Nov. 20 and Dec. 20. During the same period in 2006, the black bear unit fielded 27 calls. The unit uses a category system to rank misbehaving black bears. The most nefarious activity -- such as unprovoked attacks on people or animals, entries or attempted entries into houses, tents...
  • 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,...
  • 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...