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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 »

'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 »

Guy Finds Bear Family in His House

He survived with both his life and some pictures

(Newser) - It was a bit like Goldilocks in reverse—but nobody was checking the temperature of the porridge. Northern California man Rodney Ginn says he came home from work and discovered a mother bear and two cubs in his kitchen. "I couldn't believe what was happening," he tells... More »

She Was Stalked by a Wolf for 12 Hours. Then the Bear Came

Joanne Barnaby just wanted to pick some mushrooms

(Newser) - Meet Joanne Barnaby, Canada's biggest badass. CBC reports Barnaby bravely used a protective mother bear to get rid of the hungry wolf that had been stalking her through the woods for 12 hours. The ordeal started last Friday when Barnaby was out picking mushrooms with her dog, Joey. They... More »

Grizzly News 'Bigger Than Recovering the Bald Eagle'

US Fish and Wildlife Service proposes moving animal off endangered list

(Newser) - "This is really momentous, bigger than recovering the bald eagle," an environmental writer tells the Christian Science Monitor after the US Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday proposed removing grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone from the endangered species list. When grizzlies were added to the list in... More »

'Bear Lady' May Have Been Killed by One

Body of Kay Grayson, 67, found in the woods near her NC mobile home

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman referred to by locals as "the bear lady" may have been killed by the very object of her affection. The body of Kay Grayson, 67, was found in the woods near her mobile home on Monday, though she may have died earlier this month, Tyrrell... More »

Bear Bites Florida Teen's Face 'Open'

Leah Reeder, 15, survived by playing dead; her dog may have helped, too

(Newser) - A Florida teen has been hospitalized after she was attacked by a bear while walking her dog last night, with Leah Reeder's mother describing some ominous-sounding wounds: "It bit her face open, and beside her ear on her scalp. It was very, very bad," says Sherry Mann,... More »

Student Killed by Bear Took Pictures of It First

Darsh Patel lost shoe, told friends to go ahead

(Newser) - A Rutgers University student took five photos of a black bear that killed him soon afterward, and police yesterday released the images. They show the bear at a distance of about 100 feet from Darsh Patel , who took the pictures with his phone in the Apshawa Preserve in New Jersey.... More »

Mystery in Central Park: Dead Bear Cub

Police say she appears to have been dragged to bush where she was found

(Newser) - Lots of unexpected creatures have been found in New York City's Central Park—alligators, snapping turtles, koi carp, and even pet pigs on leashes. But the 3-foot black bear cub found dead near 69th Street yesterday is among the least expected, so rare that the most recent sighting people... More »

Wildlife Rarity: Mama Bear Adopts Abandoned Cub

After real mother ran off with boyfriend, 'supermom' steps in

(Newser) - An Alaskan brown bear that had already rescued one cub after it broke its leg has once more become Katmai National Park and Preserve's resident hero. Holly—officially known as "brown bear 435" but described by park rangers as "supermom"—took in an abandoned grizzly cub... More »

Mama Bear Mauls Jogger

Third attack in Alaska this summer

(Newser) - Suzanne Knudsen was less than a mile into her run Monday morning when a pair of brown bear cubs stumbled across her path on a trail near her Alaska home. The next thing she knew, the cubs' mama hit her from behind, attacking her and knocking her to the ground,... More »

DNA Tests Find No Bigfoot, Possible Yeti

Most hair samples were from bears, cows, raccoons

(Newser) - If there are mysterious, hairy humanoids roaming the wilds of North America, they don't seem to be leaving any DNA behind, according to researchers who have carried out the first-ever comprehensive genetic review of hair samples supposedly from Bigfoot, the Sasquatch, or the Yeti. The alleged Bigfoot samples turned... More »

Bears Join List of Animals Who Perform Oral Sex

Two male brown bears in captivity in Croatia regularly engage in fellatio

(Newser) - Add one more creature to the list of animals known to engage in oral sex: A pair of male brown bears living in captivity in a sanctuary in Croatia have been observed engaging in fellatio regularly over the six years they were studied, report researchers in the journal Zoo Biology... More »

Mama Bear Saves Cub From Highway

Cub was trapped on other side of concrete barrier

(Newser) - A tornado hunter driving through British Columbia's Kootenay National Park stopped to film a bear cub by the side of a highway—and captured the moment its mother hauled it to safety. Ricky Forbes says the bear cub was trapped on the wrong side of a concrete barrier and... More »

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