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Woman Mauled in Incredibly Rare Bear Attack in Maryland

It appears to be state's first on record

(Newser) - A Maryland woman mauled by a black bear Wednesday night is lucky to be alive—but incredibly unlucky to have become the victim of the state's first bear attack in living memory. Police say 63-year-old Karen Osborne was attacked in the driveway of her home in rural Frederick after... More »

Beloved Walking Bear Feared Dead in Hunt

New Jersey lawmaker wants to end black bear hunts

(Newser) - His unusual walk made him the most beloved bear in New Jersey. But now it appears that Pedals' days of roaming suburban neighborhoods on his two hind legs are over: The black bear is believed to have been killed by a hunter, reports the New York Times . It's not... More »

Black Bear Tangles With the Wrong Ex-Boxer

Canadian survives with his fists and his knowledge from the boxing ring

(Newser) - When a 61-year-old Canadian man startled a bear cub while walking his dog Sunday near Sudbury, the tiny "yelp" the baby bear made wasn't endearing. "I knew right away I was in trouble," Rick Nelson tells CBC News . "It's calling for mommy." Sure... More »

Inspiration for Teddy Bears No Longer Endangered

Louisiana black bear has bounced back

(Newser) - After decades of barely clinging on as a species, the bear that inspired teddy bears has bounced back. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced on Thursday that the Louisiana black bear—which appeared in the famous "Teddy's bear" political cartoon after Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a tied-up one... More »

Bear Rides 65 Miles on California Trash Truck

Then it got loose at the local dump

(Newser) - A black bear crawled inside a trash compactor and took the ride of its life on a garbage truck, traveling about 65 miles to a dump in central California, where it briefly ran free. Fresno officers went to a disposal site Tuesday after getting a report of a large bear... More »

As Boy Scout Leader Enters Cave, Bear Grabs His Foot

Christopher Petronino struck bear with rock hammer, then assumed the fetal position

(Newser) - Since the time he was a much younger man, Christopher Petronino has been exploring a cave at Split Rock Reservoir in Rockaway Township, NJ. On Sunday, the 50-year-old Boy Scout troop leader decided to show the cave he first entered some three decades ago to his son and the two... More »

Black Bears Get Last-Second Save —From Alaska Gov

5 roaming streets of Anchorage were set to be euthanized

(Newser) - A female black bear and four yearling cubs who have been making a living Dumpster diving in Anchorage will get a new home—and not that great trout stream in the sky, thanks in part to the actions of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker. As the Alaska Dispatch News reports, Walker... More »

Car Hits Bear, Triggering Fatal Chain Reaction

Collision with bear in Florida Everglades considered 'rare'

(Newser) - It's not uncommon to spot a black bear roaming the Florida Everglades, but it is uncommon to actually hit one on the road. Three people died last night and eight were injured in a three-car wreck in the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation that began when the first car hit... 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 »

Bear Cub Found in Central Park Was Killed by Car

But officials still don't know how it ended up in NYC

(Newser) - A bear cub mysteriously found dead in New York City's Central Park on Monday appears to have been hit and killed by a vehicle, according to state authorities, but that information doesn't explain the central mystery of how it ended up in a bush near 69th Street in... 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 »

Black Bear Kills Rutgers Student

Darsh Patel is state's first bear death since 1852

(Newser) - A 22-year-old Rutgers University student became the first person to be killed by a bear in New Jersey since 1852 after an attack Sunday afternoon just a few dozen miles west of Manhattan. Police say Darsh Patel was hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve when they encountered the... 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 »

Girl Plays Dead, Survives Bear Attack

12-year-old Michigan jogger got knocked down twice

(Newser) - Another bear attack is in the news, this one an unusual case of a bear attacking a girl seemingly unprovoked. Abby Wetherell, 12, says a black bear came out of the woods and chased her as she jogged on a dirt road in rural Michigan, reports AP . After the bear... More »

Bedridden Woman, 82, Attacked by 400-Pound Bear

She survives, but bear is caught and killed in New Mexico

(Newser) - An 82-year-old bedridden woman suffered scratches on her face and head when a 400-pound black bear broke into her northern New Mexico home and attacked her Tuesday night, state wildlife officials say. The woman told authorities she was in bed with the doors and windows open when the bear broke... More »

West Hit With 'Bear Epidemic'

Drought fuels wave of bear burglaries

(Newser) - The drought ripping through the country is having a strange side-effect: Black bears are coming out of the woodwork to raid human homes and trash bins, in what ABC News dubs a "bear epidemic." Police in Aspen, Colorado, for instance, got 292 calls about bear intrusions in August... More »

Man's Foiled Plan: Sell Bear Cubs at Gas Station

Says he shot their mother in self-defense

(Newser) - What do you do with an extra pair of bear cubs? A California man wasn't sure—so he tried to pawn them off at a gas station, according to wildlife authorities who stopped him. Chris Puett says he had shot the cubs' mother when she charged him at his... More »

Bears Overrun Weather Report

Invaders interrupt broadcast at Pennsylvania TV station

(Newser) - In Scranton, Pennsylvania, earlier this week, the weather forecast was cloudy with plenty of bears. The city's WNEP-TV station does its weather broadcasts live from an outdoor area it calls "the backyard," and four black bears walked onto the set seconds before weatherman Kurt Aaron began a... More »

Ted Nugent Fined $10K Over 'Crazy' Hunting Law

He exceeded bear hunt quota on 2009 Alaska trip

(Newser) - More gun fun with the Motor City Madman. Ted Nugent has agreed to a $10,000 fine for illegally shooting and transporting a black bear in Alaska in 2009, according to a plea he signed with prosecutors there, reports the Anchorage Daily News . In addition to the fine, Nugent will... More »

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