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Virginia Road Closed Due to Sleeping Bears

They were spotted napping in a tree on Bruin Drive

(Newser) - Officials in Virginia closed a road in a Chesapeake neighborhood after a mother bear and three cubs were spotted napping in a tree. Chesapeake Animal Services asked residents near the tree—on Bruin Drive—to stay inside Monday and the general public to stay away from the area, the AP...

She Heard a Noise in the Kitchen. Then, a 'Big Paw Right on My Face'

Laurel-Rose von Hoffmann-Curzi, who has cancer, fought off bear in her Lake Tahoe vacation cabin

(Newser) - For Laurel-Rose von Hoffmann-Curzi, her Lake Tahoe vacation home has been a refuge during the pandemic, especially since she has stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is particularly vulnerable to COVID. But the 66-year-old retired doctor says she won't be going back to the cabin anytime soon after a black...

Bear Attacks Picnicking Couple in NC

Authorities are on the hunt for the animal

(Newser) - A couple picnicking with their dog in Asheville, NC, were attacked by a black bear last week. They were on a Blue Ridge Parkway hillside near the Folk Art Center when their unleashed dog started barking and ran toward the young bear, which became defensive and attacked, WXII reports. There...

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Amazon Delivery Thwarted by Entitled Bear

We doubt the black bear could use the TP it swiped off a Conn. resident's porch, but A for effort

(Newser) - Last month, the Hearst Connecticut Media editorial board asked a pointed question: "Can we talk about all these bears in CT?" But while the board expressed concern about the 5,500-plus bear sightings in the state this year—more than double the number from 10 years ago—it didn'...

Ranger Shares Heartbreaking Image of Grieving Mama Bear

Hours after crash, it was still calling to dead cub

(Newser) - A ranger at Yosemite National Park has shared a heartbreaking story of a bear encounter—and a plea for motorists to slow down. In a Facebook post, the ranger says they received an all too common report of "Bear hit by vehicle, dead on the side of the road,...

Jelly Doughnuts and Sardines Save Bear Stuck in a Tree

The young animal wandered into city and was likely startled by people

(Newser) - Jelly doughnuts and sardines are usually an either/or proposition. But in an emergency, they could be in the same meal. This was an emergency. A young bear, about a year and a half old, wandered out of the woods into North Carolina's capital city Monday night and was likely...

Culprit in Car Break-Ins Smarter Than Your Average Bear

Police in New Hampshire town ask residents to stop leaving food in cars, and make lots of noise

(Newser) - Surveillance video helped police get to the bottom of a series of vehicle break-ins in the town of Thornton, New Hampshire. Home security footage captured the bandit—a black bear—opening the door of a vehicle and then crawling inside, per the AP .

Mystery Ailment Strips Bears of Their Fear of Humans

It's also causing fatal brain inflammation in bears out West

(Newser) - Wildlife officials in California are worried about a strange ailment that appears to strip young bears of their fear of humans—and also is causing fatal brain inflammation. Cases have been turning up in the state since at least 2014, including four in the last year, reports CBS Sacramento . As...

Woman Who Fed Bear in TikTok Video Charged

Feeding a black bear is a misdemeanor in Gatlinburg

(Newser) - A tourist who hand-fed watermelon and chocolate to a black bear in a video that went viral on TikTok broke the law and will face charges, authorities in Tennessee say. The video of the woman feeding the bear in Gatlinburg was viewed more than 500,000 times after it was...

Beyond an Empty Tent, Bear Scavenged Human Remains

Backcountry camper's cause of death hasn't been established

(Newser) - A backcountry camper was found dead in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday, with hikers coming upon a black bear scavenging on what appeared to be the man's remains. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the hikers were on Hazel Creek Trail and passed an empty tent at campsite 82;...

Woman on Phone With Father Killed by Bear

Officials say unprovoked attack is 'very surprising' behavior

(Newser) - Last Thursday, Stephanie Blais was on the phone with her father from a remote cabin in northern Saskatchewan when she asked 9-year-old son Elie to fetch an antenna for the satellite. Seconds later, she was killed by a black bear. Her father, Hubert Esquirol, tells CTV that the last thing...

Hair-Sniffing Bear Pays a Steep Price

Wildlife officials in Mexico capture and castrate it

(Newser) - A video in wide circulation last month showed the unnerving scene of a black bear in a Mexico park getting up close and personal with a young woman. The bear even stood on its hind legs and sniffed the woman's hair at one point, and she managed to take...

She Was Napping in Backyard. Then: 'It Immediately Attacked'

Southern California teen escapes black bear by hitting it with her laptop

(Newser) - A California teen received an unpleasant awakening from a nap this week, but she's lived to tell the tale, thanks to her computer. Per USA Today , the unidentified 19-year-old was snoozing Monday evening in a chair in the backyard of a home in Sierra Madre when suddenly, "she...

'Vindication' for Conservation Officer Fired for Not Killing Cubs

Court rules Bryce Casavant's 2015 firing was improper

(Newser) - A former conservation officer who was fired for refusing to shoot two bear cubs says he is feeling vindicated after a court ruled in his favor. In July 2015, Bryce Casavant had responded to a report of a black bear rummaging through a freezer at a home in Port Hardy,...

Bear Burglar Swipes Allergy Medicine, 8 Pounds of Candy

Animal surprised friends staying in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Friday

(Newser) - Friends visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park received a shock over the weekend when a black bear came knocking. Michelle Eberhart of Shelbyville, Ind., says she and a friend noticed a black bear trying to force its way through the back door of their rental cabin in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on...

Hunter Kills Massive Bear With Bow and Arrow

700-pound black bear sets a North American record

(Newser) - A hunter in New Jersey set a record last fall for the largest black bear ever killed with a bow and arrow in North America, the Pope and Young Club, a bowhunting and conservation organization, announced last week on Instagram . The bear, killed Oct. 14, weighed 700 pounds and had...

Bear Caught Roaming University Campus

It was captured inside University of Tennessee stadium

(Newser) - No humans—or bears—were harmed early Sunday after a 200-pound black bear wandered onto the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville. Campus police say they called the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency after the female bear was spotted on the grounds, CNN reports. She was tranquilized and captured inside the...

Black Bear Kills Woman at Family's Island Cabin

Extremely rare attack took place in Ontario

(Newser) - A 62-year-old woman was at her remote family cabin on Ontario's Red Pine Island Sunday when she heard her two dogs barking around 6pm and went outside. One of the dogs returned, hurt, but the woman didn't. Her parents called police, and eventually provincial officers found the woman'...

Bear Busts Through Home's Wall Like 'Kool-Aid Man'

It fled Colorado home when cops arrived

(Newser) - A black bear apparently attracted by the smell of garbage made its way into a Colorado home, police say—and it left a large hole in the wall on its way out. When officers arrived Friday, the bear "forcibly breached a hole in the wall like the 'Kool-Aid...

Wildlife Officials Kill Bear That Became Social Media Star

'It was very clear that the animal was way too habituated'

(Newser) - A young black bear in Oregon had to be killed because the public ignored advice not to feed it, wildlife officials say. Authorities say the bear in the popular Scoggins Valley Park just west of Portland had become so used to humans that people were able to approach it and...

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