New Alaska park bridge aimed at limiting bear encounters

U.S. 06/14/19, 16:20

The National Park Service has completed a project to relieve an Alaska traffic jam.A new elevated bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve has replaced a river-level bridge that was often closed to human tourists because it was occupied by locals — brown bears.The ...

US challenges part of ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts

U.S. 05/24/19, 18:58

U.S. officials asked a federal appeals court on Friday to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involves more than 700 grizzly bears in and around ...

After long journey, bear spared by governor returns home

Science 05/20/19, 14:53

A bear whose life was spared two years ago by New Hampshire's governor has returned to her home turf near Dartmouth College after traveling thousands of miles since her relocation last June.The state's Fish and Game Department had decided to euthanize the female black bear and three of her young ...

Chinese official hands over new panda to Vienna zoo

Europe 05/20/19, 10:10

A senior Chinese official has officially handed over a 19-year-old male giant panda to Vienna's Schoenbrunn zoo.Yuan Yuan arrived in Vienna last month and has spent the last few weeks in quarantine. He was chosen as a partner for Yang Yang, the zoo's 18-year-old female panda, who has been at ...

APNewsBreak: Alaska hunter finds friend dead after 6 days

U.S. 05/17/19, 21:02

A man found his missing friend dead during a bear hunting trip on Alaska's Kodiak Island, but said Friday he and another hunting friend initially thought the man had stormed off in frustration as he had done in the past.Aleksandr Neverov told The Associated Press he found the body of ...

Update: Lawmaker pans tribes’ push to protect bears

U.S. 05/15/19, 15:01

The Latest on a proposal to give grizzly bears permanent protections regardless of their population size (all times local):2:00 p.m.A Republican lawmaker says a push to permanently protect U.S. grizzly bears because they are considered sacred among Native Americans would elevate "sentimental biases" above science.California Rep. Tom McClintock is the ...

Tribes seek ban on public hunting of revered grizzly bears

Politics 05/15/19, 12:13

Native American groups are pressing lawmakers in Congress to adopt permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species widely revered by tribes but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming and Idaho. Tribal representatives were due Wednesday before a House subcommittee to testify in support of legislation that would block grizzly ...

National monument advisory panel new flashpoint in debate

Politics 04/24/19, 13:56

A newly unveiled advisory committee that will help make management decisions for a downsized national monument in southern Utah has become the latest flashpoint in a long-running debate over lands considered sacred to Native Americans as monument supporters cry foul about being left off the panel. The selections for the 15-person ...

Russia’s stray polar bear taken back to the wild

Europe 04/23/19, 09:59

A polar bear which was found roaming around a village in eastern Russia, hundreds of miles away from its usual habitat, has been airlifted back home.The exhausted-looking animal apparently traveled on an ice floe from the remote, sparsely populated Chukotka to a village on Kamchatka, about 700 kilometers (434 miles) ...

Polar bear gets lost in Russia, hundreds of miles from home

Europe 04/17/19, 14:09

Residents of a village in Russia's far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula have been stunned by the sight of a polar bear prowling for food — hundreds of miles away from its usual habitat.Russian media reported Wednesday that the animal, which looks exhausted, has somehow ended up in the village Tilichiki on ...

Vienna zoo gets male panda as partner for longtime resident

Europe 04/17/19, 09:19

A 19-year-old male giant panda has arrived at Vienna's Schoenbrunn zoo, more than two years after his predecessor died.Yuan Yuan, who arrived on Tuesday evening, was chosen as a partner for Yang Yang, the zoo's 18-year-old female panda. The zoo said Wednesday that he will be introduced to the public ...

Danish queen to open new zoo enclosure for Chinese pandas

Europe 04/10/19, 03:06

Denmark's Queen Margrethe is opening a new enclosure at Copenhagen zoo for two freshly arrived occupants: a pair of pandas on loan from China as the Scandinavian nation becomes part of Beijing's so-called "panda diplomacy."The Chinese Ambassador to Denmark, Deng Ying, called male Zing Er and female Mao Sun "national ...

Berlin zoo unveils name of latest polar bear cub

Europe 04/02/19, 04:31

It's Hertha.Berlin's Tierpark zoo has unveiled the much-anticipated name of its new star attraction, a four-month-old polar bear cub.Hertha, born on Dec. 1, is named after the German capital's eponymous top league soccer club, which is sponsoring the animal.The polar bear cub Hertha plays with a ball of soccer club ...

Arizona repository houses dead animals for use by tribes

U.S. 04/01/19, 02:16

Arizona Native American tribes on the hunt for animal hides, antlers, teeth and other parts for cultural and religious use have a unique new resource: the state's wildlife agency. A recently launched program allows Arizona's nearly two dozen tribes to make requests to the state Game and Fish Department for animals ...

Science Says: Tiny ‘water bears’ can teach us about survival

Science 03/20/19, 12:17

Earth's ultimate survivors can weather extreme heat, cold, radiation and even the vacuum of space. Now the U.S. military hopes these tiny critters called tardigrades can teach us about true toughness.These animals are pipsqueaks, only about the size of a period. Under a microscope they look like some combination of ...

Wild animals get care at private Russian center

Europe 03/20/19, 04:21

Gena the crocodile was left in a trash can. Elza the lion was roaming free in the cargo hold of a plane. As Tonya the bear grew up, the chain she wore dug so tightly into her skin that it started to cut through bone.Luckily for these wild animals, and ...

Berlin zoo shows off new polar bear cub

Europe 03/15/19, 06:59

The Berlin Tierpark zoo is showing off its new polar bear cub, a three-month-old with a cuteness and playfulness that could make her the German capital's next animal celebrity.The bear, who hasn't been named, was born Dec. 1 and the zoo says she's developing well.She was allowed to venture out ...

Moving day: Bear family living in highway median relocated

Amazing 03/14/19, 12:08

A portion of a Massachusetts highway was shut down while state wildlife officials moved a family of bears that had set up a den in the median. State police shut down a stretch of Route 2 in Templeton on Thursday morning while state environmental police tranquilized the mother bear and relocated ...

Maine bear cub that was abandoned is doing well

U.S. 02/28/19, 17:17

A Maine wildlife biologist said one of three bear cubs that nearly froze to death is doing well after being placed with a surrogate den.The Bangor Daily News documented Randy Cross as he checked on the cub Wednesday. He easily recognized the young bruin because of signs of frostbite on ...

Berlin’s polar bear cub growing fast, public debut soon

Europe 02/26/19, 07:21

Berlin's Tierpark zoo says its polar bear cub is almost ready to be introduced to visitors.The zoo on Tuesday released new photos of the as-yet-unnamed female cub and her mother, Tonja. The bear was born Dec. 1 and weighed 8.5 kilograms (18.7 pounds) by the time of her first medical ...

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