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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...

Autopsy: Meth Killed Man Before Bear Ate Him

Tennessee man was identified through tattoos

(Newser) - A man found dead in Great Smoky Mountains National Park was killed by a methamphetamine overdose, not the bear that was found eating his body, authorities say. According to an autopsy released Monday, there were signs of "extensive postmortem animal predation" on the body of 30-year-old William Lee Hill,...

Men Baited, Abused Black Bears: Cops

They face animal cruelty and other charges

(Newser) - Florida authorities have charged nine men with setting out bait for black bears, the AP reports, then steering them toward dogs that chased and mauled them. Attorney General Pam Bondi's office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the arrests Wednesday. Investigators say the men lured bears...

Man, 78, Punches Bear in the Nose, Survives

It attacked NC man outside his home

(Newser) - When it is impossible to escape from an attacking black bear, the National Park Service advises hitting the animal in the face—and it was a strategy that may have saved the life of North Carolina man Sonny Pumphrey. The 78-year-old says he was in his driveway when a mother...

Wheelchair-Bound Woman Hurt After Finding Bear in Kitchen

Black bear reportedly entered through screen door

(Newser) - A 71-year-old New Hampshire woman received a start and a nasty whack Tuesday when she found a black bear trapped in her kitchen in Groton. Apryl Rogers, who is bound to a wheelchair, suffered cuts to her head and neck when she accidentally cornered the bear, but she was able...

'Absolutely Never Do That': Man Goes After Black Bear

It had attacked the man's dog, which jumped out of a car window

(Newser) - "Our message is: Absolutely never do that." That's what Canada's Jasper National Park is trying to communicate loud and clear. The "that" it's referring to is a May 16 incident in which a man jumped onto a black bear in an attempt to rescue...

A Week After Starting 'Dream Job,' a Bear Attack

Amber Kornak's quick thinking helped her survive mauling in the mountains of Montana

(Newser) - On May 11, Amber Kornak posted her new job on Facebook—a "dream job" with the US Fish and Wildlife Service that involved working with grizzly bears, People notes. But less than a week later, the 28-year-old was mauled by a bear in Montana, though her quick thinking helped...

At 2:30am, She Saw a Bear Dragging Away Her 5-Year-Old

Colorado authorities are trying to trap the bear

(Newser) - A 5-year-old girl in Colorado was seriously injured after going outside in the middle of the night to investigate noises she thought were coming from her dog and being attacked by a bear. Kimberly Cyr's father tells NBC 11 that the Grand Junction girl will be "fine" after...

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...

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