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Bears Kill Worker at Remote Alaska Mine

He was attacked by mother bear, 2 cubs

(Newser) - A young mine worker was fatally mauled Monday on an Alaskan island where bears outnumber people, authorities say. The victim, who was working at a remote drill site accessible only by helicopter, has been identified as Anthony David Montoya, an 18-year-old from Hollis, Okla., the AP reports. Authorities say Montoya... More »

Judge's Ruling Halts Grizzly Bear Hunts

He restores protection for Yellowstone-area bears

(Newser) - Score one for the bears: A judge has restored protection for a group of around 700 grizzly bears living around Yellowstone National Park, meaning Wyoming and Idaho will have to call off the first bear hunts planned in the lower 48 states in nearly 30 years. Judge Dana Christensen, siding... More »

Grizzly Euthanized After 20-Foot Fall

Vertebrae damage left animal partially paralyzed

(Newser) - One of an estimated 300 grizzly bears in Montana's Glacier National Park had to be euthanized this week after a 20-foot fall left it partially paralyzed. It was found on its back in the middle of a road late Sunday, leading rangers to speculate it had been hit by... More »

Firefighter Dead After Collision With Bear

Rhett Larsen was off duty in Oregon when bear ran in front of his motorcycle, caused accident

(Newser) - An off-duty firefighter from Bend, Oregon, was killed over the weekend after he struck a large bear on the highway with his motorcycle, reports KATU . The collision sent 39-year-old Rhett Larsen into the path of oncoming traffic, and he was struck by an SUV pulling a utility trailer, reports the... More »

He Stopped to Let His Puppy Pee. Then, a 'Big, Black Circle of Fur'

29-year-old Dustin Gray punched and kicked 150-pound bear after it attacked his dog

(Newser) - A Maine man says he punched and kicked a 150-pound bear, scaring it away after it attacked his puppy in the woods. Dustin Gray, 29, said the bear lunged at him and his 11-month-old puppy on Monday, the AP reports. Gray said the attack happened near Route 1A in Dedham... More »

Police Confiscate Country's Last 2 Dancing Bears

Cruel practice finally stamped out in Nepal

(Newser) - It's going to be a happy new year for Rangeela and Sridevi: A wildlife group says it has rescued the sloth bears from owners in Nepal who forced them to dance to entertain crowds, National Geographic reports. The bears were swiped from the wild at a young age and... More »

Scientists Test 'Yeti' DNA, Unravel the Legend

New research suggests the man-like creature is just a bear

(Newser) - Yeti sightings have been reported in the Himalayas for centuries, with onlookers describing a man-like creature that some say is similar to a bear . In a sense, they got one thing right. DNA from purported yeti samples collected in Nepal and Tibet reveal the mysterious beasts and bears are likely... More »

Mother, Baby Killed in Car Crash With Bear on Thanksgiving

4-year-old son survived the nighttime collision in northern California

(Newser) - A mother and baby were tragically killed Thanksgiving night when their car hit a bear in northern California. KCRA 3 reports that Sarah Rohde, 27, was driving with her two children in Calaveras County after 6pm when her car struck the wild animal. Rohde and her 19-month-old daughter Ariana died.... More »

This Bear's Tongue Weighed as Much as a Newborn Human

Thankfully, more than 7 pounds of tissue has since been removed

(Newser) - Cat got your tongue—or maybe a bear? No one would have pointed the finger at one particular Asiatic black bear (also known as a moon bear) holed up in a Myanmar monastery: He had too much of his own tongue to handle, let alone anyone else's. The Guardian ... More »

3 Killed, 4 Injured When Car Hits Bear

2 of those killed were children

(Newser) - Three people were killed and four seriously injured when a car careened off a major highway after it struck a bear, the AP reports. The Colorado State Patrol says seven people were in the car that slid across the center median, crossing over lanes of traffic before it flew off... More »

Bear Panics 200 Sheep, and They Jump to Their Deaths

Bodies have been found along France/Spain border

(Newser) - Hundreds of sheep in a herd belonging to a farmer in Couflens in the southwest of France have plunged to their deaths in what appears to be a bear attack on one of the sheep. As the Guardian reports, the attack on one is believed to have frightened the 209... More »

Teen Woken Up by Bear Biting His Head

He heard 'crunching noise'

(Newser) - A 19-year-old staffer at a summer camp in Colorado briefly wondered what the crunching noise was when he woke up suddenly early Sunday morning. Then he realized it was the sound of a bear biting his head. The staffer, named Dylan, says the bear dragged him around 12 feet before... More »

'Mom, Dad, There's a Bear in My Room'

Animal crashed through sleeping boy's window

(Newser) - When 11-year-old Zach Landis came running up the stairs late at night shouting, "Mom, Dad, there's a bear in my room," his parents thought he had either had a bad dream or been pranked by his older sisters. Then they saw the smashed window and the claw... More »

Quick-Thinking Friend Saves Bicyclist From Bear Mauling

'This dude saved my life,' Alaska's James Fredrick says of Alex Ippoliti

(Newser) - A charging brown bear proved no match for two friends on a bike ride near Eagle River, Alaska, who fought off the ursine attack with a canister of bear spray. Alaska Dispatch News reports on James Fredrick and Alexander Ippoliti's ordeal, which began as they were pedaling on military... More »

Teen Halfway Done With Race Is Killed by Black Bear

16-year-old killed in Alaska on Sunday

(Newser) - "This is the worst thing that could happen," says the director of an Alaska trail race that ended in tragedy Sunday. A 16-year-old participant was killed by a black bear while descending the Bird Ridge mountain trail. The Alaska Dispatch News reports the unidentified teen had made it... More »

All the Animals in the Mosul Zoo Perished—Except These 2

Meet Simba the lion and Lula the bear, now headed to a new life in Jordan

(Newser) - Lula and Simba are headed to a new life in Jordan. The bear and lion, respectively, were discovered in February in the war-decimated Montazah al-Morour Zoo in Mosul, Iraq, apparently the only two animal survivors in the facility, the BBC reports. All of the other creatures had starved to death... More »

Bear Falls to Death From Helicopter

The bear was being transported into the jungle by Thailand wildlife officials

(Newser) - Officials are investigating after a bear fell to its death from a helicopter high over the jungles of Thailand last month, the Independent reports. While there's some agreement on the circumstances of the Asian black bear's untimely death, it's unclear exactly how the bear came to find... More »

Key to Extinction of Ancient Bear: Vegan Diet

Inflexible diet appears to have led to cave bear's demise some 25K years ago

(Newser) - Cave bears, the close cousin of the brown bear, roamed vast swaths of present-day Russia across to the United Kingdom and down to Spain for hundreds of thousands of years until they went extinct 25,000 years ago. A large beast at roughly 12 feet long and 5 feet tall... More »

He Killed a Bear With a Spear. The Video Caused Outrage

Canadian government says it will outlaw the 'archaic' type of hunting

(Newser) - Killing a bear with a hand-thrown spear isn't an everyday feat—but the government of Alberta, Canada, is not impressed by the prowess of American hunter Josh Bowmar. The government promised to introduce a ban on "archaic" and "unacceptable" hunting with spears after video surfaced of Bowmar,... More »

Neighbors Mad at Woman Who Had Bear Killed

It kept breaking into her home

(Newser) - A mother of three has provoked a backlash for having a bear shot after it repeatedly broke into her Southern California mountain home, the AP reports. "I haven't regretted my decision at all. But the way the people in this town initially responded was initially disheartening," Julie... More »

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