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They Shot a Bear, 2 Cubs on Tape: 'They'll Never Link It to Us'

Andrew and Owen Renner didn't know they were being filmed as they illegally slaughtered bears

(Newser) - What Alaskan prosecutors called the "most egregious bear cub poaching case" they'd ever encountered now has video that's made its way to the public to show just how egregious it was. Andrew Renner, 41, and his 18-year-old son, Owen, were sentenced in January for illegally killing a... More »

Camera Catches Poachers Killing Bear, 'Shrieking' Cubs

Alaska men sentenced in 'most egregious' case

(Newser) - A father and son in Alaska have been sentenced in what prosecutors said was "the most egregious bear cub poaching case" they had ever encountered. Wasilla residents Andrew Renner, 41, and Owen Renner, 18, illegally killed a sow and her two cubs on an island in Prince William Sound... More »

They Set Out the Krispy Kremes. Then, 'the Worst of the Worst'

9 accused of luring bears with doughnuts, then letting hunting dogs attack them

(Newser) - A nearly yearlong inquiry into a case that's been called "the worst of the worst" has led to the arrest of nine people in three states. Those are the words of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who says the case in her state is "one of the... More »

Hunter Kills Bear Who Survived Wildfire Burns

Cinder was shot near her den in Washington state

(Newser) - A sad end to the life of a famous bear: Cinder, a female bear whose story captured the nation's attention after she survived a 2014 wildfire with severe burns, has been shot to death near her den in Washington state, KOMO News reports. As a cub in 2014, she... More »

Family Hike Turns Terrifying in Yellowstone

Bear spray saves 10-year-old boy attacked by a bear

(Newser) - Yellowstone National Park usually sees about one bear attack a year, though until this week there hadn't been one since 2015. That changed Thursday, after a 10-year-old was charged at by one, though thanks to his parents' quick thinking and a canister of bear spray, it appears he'll... More »

Cops: Tape Shows Father, Son Shooting Bear, 'Shrieking' Cubs

Andrew and Owen Renner also accused of trying to cover up the killings

(Newser) - On Esther Island in Alaska, a motion-detecting camera was set up in a bear den as part of a joint three-year study between the US Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. What that camera captured has now led to felony and misdemeanor charges against a Palmer... More »

Bear Plays in Hot Tub, Drinks Margarita

California resident caught the incident on video

(Newser) - Mark Hough had barely taken a sip of his Friday afternoon margarita when he heard twigs snapping and leaves rustling in his lush Altadena, California, backyard. At first he brushed it off as the sounds of his neighbor next door, but the noise grew louder. "So I got up,... More »

Bear Kills Hiker, Mauls Volunteer Looking for Him

Wildlife authorities in Alaska are investigating

(Newser) - Wildlife officials in Alaska think the same brown bear that killed a solo hiker outside Anchorage also mauled one of the volunteers looking for him. The volunteer suffered serious injuries to his leg but is expected to survive, reports the Anchorage Daily News . The saga began when 44-year-old avid hiker... More »

In 43-Year First, Wyoming's Grizzlies to Be Hunted

Strong opposition follows Wednesday's decision

(Newser) - Just under two dozen American grizzlies could be killed this September in what the New York Times calls the "first large-scale hunt for grizzly bears in 43 years" outside of Alaska. A year after the grizzly population near Yellowstone National Park was removed from federal protection—with numbers estimated... More »

Bad News, Bears: Obama-Era Rule on Hunting Reversed

New rule to allow bear baiting, spotlights for shooting in dens called 'unethical' by critics

(Newser) - The Trump administration is looking to dismantle Obama-era rules that made it more difficult to hunt on federal lands, including through the banning of bacon, honey, and doughnuts as bear bait. The 2015 rule also barred the use of dogs to hunt bears, spotlights to shoot bear cubs in dens,... More »

Bear's Dairy Queen Visit Ends in Charges

Zoo owner says he'll plead guilty to offenses under Alberta's Wildlife Act

(Newser) - The video was a hit with some, but Canada's Discovery Wildlife Park is taking a hit for it. The private zoo has been charged with two offenses under Alberta's Wildlife Act after caretakers allowed a captive Kodiak bear to be hand-fed ice cream in a Dairy Queen drive-thru... More »

Dracula's Castle Now Being Guarded by Bears

And tourists are being kept away

(Newser) - After 600 or so years, it's once again wise to give Dracula's castle a wide berth. The AP reports the historic Poenari Castle in Romania was closed to tourists late last month "for the safety of visitors." Apparently tourists climbing the nearly 1,500 steps to... More »

Colorado Animal Sanctuary Euthanizes All Animals

A week earlier, their request to move was denied

(Newser) - Amid a "shocking" tragedy, locals say something smells fishy in central Colorado. On April 12, after the owners of the Lion's Gate wild animal sanctuary requested to move to a nearby but more urban location citing safety concerns after recurring flooding on the property, Elbert County commissioners voted... More »

Man Swaddles 'Dying' Bear Cub, Attempts CPR

Elkhorn, a baby black bear, was suffering form hypothermia, dehydration

(Newser) - An Oregon man is being called a hero for saving the life of a bear cub he found while hiking Monday evening, but officials aren't so sure. Corey Hancock tells the Oregonian he found a baby black bear just off the trail that "wasn't breathing" and was... More »

300K Plead for Closure of 'Soul-Destroying' Zoo

Bandung Zoo maintains its animals have enough to eat

(Newser) - Video shot at Indonesia's Bandung Zoo in May shows sun bears begging for food , their ribs visible, though the zoo says thin bears aren't necessarily unhealthy. Another bear was filmed apparently consuming its own feces in what one expert says may signal "extreme boredom"; Gabriella Fredriksson of... More »

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 »

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 »

'Severe' Bear Attacks Kill 4 in Japan

Officials retaliate against Asiatic black bear

(Newser) - Northern Japan is on the alert after bear attacks left four people fatally mauled over the past few weeks, the Guardian reports. Most recently, 74-year-old Tsuwa Suzuki was found dead in the Akita prefecture this weekend in an attack so severe that authorities could barely identify her. She was apparently... More »

Bear Was Killed After Attack on Hiker—the Wrong Bear

He 'fit the profile,' says Smoky Mountains rep

(Newser) - Wildlife officials shot and killed a 400-pound bear thought to have attacked a hiker in Great Smoky Mountains National Park earlier this month. The only problem: The bear was innocent. DNA tests on the animal show the male black bear wasn't the overly aggressive one that bit a 49-year-old... More »

Hungry Bears Invade Calif. Town

Drought has forced them down from the mountains

(Newser) - Black bears driven from the mountains by drought have invaded a town outside of California's Sequoia National Park in search of food. A record number of bears are seeking acorns in the tiny town of Three Rivers, home to an eclectic mix of park employees, ranchers, and hippies and... More »

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