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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 »

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 »

Residents Find Bear Shot Dead in Front Yard

Colorado Springs residents aren't happy about it, either

(Newser) - Residents of a Colorado Springs community are upset after a bear was found shot to death in the front yard of a home. Residents in Cheyenne Mountain Estates say the bear roamed the area and was part of their lives. The 400-pound bear was found dead Friday. Colorado Parks and... More »

Phoenix Zoo: Oops, That 'Male' Bear Is Not a Male

Follows up gender mix-up with terrible pun. Insult, meet injury

(Newser) - The Phoenix Zoo is fessing up to a mistake of a very fundamental nature regarding one of its animals. Zoo officials say they were planning to transfer Luka to the zoo in Nashville when they discovered that the 2-year-old Andean bear is a female, not a male as thought. According... 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 »

Boy, 9, Loses Arm Trying to Feed Zoo Bear

Child had stuck arm through cage to try to feed the animal

(Newser) - A bear in central China has bitten off the arm of a 9-year-old boy who tried to feed it through its cage, state media and a doctor said today. The attack happened yesterday afternoon at Pingdingshan Hebin Park in Henan province, which has a zoo inside. The boy managed to... 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 »

Bear Digs Through House Siding to Get His Honey

Once again, it's in Juneau, Alaska

(Newser) - A black bear in Juneau, Alaska, didn't let a measly house keep him from getting at some honey. The male bear walked up the stairs of a porch at the home of Janet and Donald Kussart and tore through the siding and some insulation to get his treat, reports... 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 »

81-Year-Old Jailed for Excessive Bear-Feeding

She feared they'd starve otherwise: officials

(Newser) - An 81-year-old woman is in prison without bond for feeding bears vast quantities of dog food—and refusing to stop, officials say. Mary Musselman, a retired gym teacher, allegedly fed bears when they visited her property in Sebring, Florida. "We are talking about putting out as many as 17... More »

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