Mama bear plops her cubs in a minivan in the hopes of a roadtrip

Look, if a bear can figure out how to open the door of a minivan and get her cubs seated for a ride, I don't think it's too much to ask that she be able to take those kids of hers on a cross-country roadtrip to Disneyland. Hand over the keys. Read the rest

A guerilla campaign to save grizzly bears in Wyoming is underway

Renowned environmentalist and chimpanzee buddy Jane Goodall has her fingers crossed: she’s entered the lottery to win the right to kill a grizzly bear in the area of Yellowstone Park. That Wyoming’s allowing the bears to be hunted is a big deal. There’s been a moratorium on taking down a grizzly bear in Wyoming for the past 44 years. This year, the state is allowing 22 of them to be killed by hunters.

But, instead of taking down a furry behemoth so that she might eat its steaming heart to celebrate her kill, Goodall, and a growing number of other people, have a better idea of what to do if they win the right to shoot a grizzly: they’re advocating that folks take that shot with a camera instead of a gun.

Shoot ‘em With A Camera is a guerrilla campaign to undermine Wyoming’s bear hunt lottery system. The premise is simple: Apply to the bear hunt lottery for your chance to kill a magnificent creature. Then, should you win, instead of heading to the hills with a rifle, you head out with a camera. It’s a cheeky campaign and according to National Geographic, its gaining momentum, quickly.

Not everyone, however is thrilled about it.

From National Geographic:

Brian Nesvik, chief game warden with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, is not so enamored. He acknowledged he was surprised at how fast the campaign mobilized, heightening a level of drama that was already unprecedented given that it involves the wildlife symbol of the Yellowstone region.

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Bear investigates police officers loitering on the side of the road

This bear smartly checked out a couple cops suspiciously loitering in their car on the side of the road. Reportedly the officers were just eating their lunch. This time. Read the rest

Bear needs piano lessons

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Watch this mama bear carry her cubs across a river on her back

David Roseman, an employee at Alaska's Wood Tikchick State Park, spotted this big bear carrying her cubs across the river on her back. Sweet video below. From National Geographic:

Wayne Kasworm, a grizzly bear biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, explained that bears' high fat content and oily coat helps them easily stay afloat. The bears, which he estimates to be about six months old, will likely start to swim on their own once they reach 30 pounds.

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Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, dies at 91

Michael Bond, 91, died after a short illness at his home in Britain, reports his publisher Harper Collins. He was the creator of Peruvian immigrant Paddington Bear, beloved the world over in books, television and movies. Bond was described as "kindly, dignified and charming" by friend and fan Stephen Fry, traits to be found in abundance throughout an artistic life detailed in the BBC's obituary:

The seeds of the idea had taken root during the war when Bond saw newsreels of children being sent out from British cities to avoid German bombing. "I had memories of children being evacuated from London with a label around their necks and all their possessions in a suitcase, and this became part of Paddington as well," he said. "Paddington Bear was a refugee with a label - 'Please look after this bear. Thank you', and he had a little suitcase."

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Yellowstone Grizzly Bear to be taken off Endangered Species list. Thanks, Trump.

They've been on the Endangered Species list for 42 years. Today, Trump removed the Yellowstone grizzly bear's federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. The reason? A reported population rebound. The U.S. Department of Interior announced their plan to strip the grizzly's protections and return species oversight to the states. Read the rest

Best Instagram account about Russians and bears

I was directed to the Instagram account of svetlanko69, and was not disappointed. It's nothing but photos and videos of bears (both cubs and full-grown giants) often interacting with humans.

Fake bear/human fight:

Вот такую необычно экстремальную фотосессии провели Ирина с #медведьстепан photo by @ipirogovacom Где Ирина была Ларой Крофт из Тома Райдера.Задача бороться с медведем и получилось грандиозно.Вот он плюшевый Степаша,изобразил что то мощно-ог арессивное,правда больше ее щекотал,обнюхивал реквизит и не мог понять почему модель уползает и не хочет целоваться.  Конечно ему лучше комедии играть. #друг #съемки #лес? #фотосесия #русскиймедведь #Россия #модель  #фотодляроссиии #фотографвмосква #медведь #фотосесиясхищниками  #живоймедведь #портфолио #like #like4like  #art #oso #bear #animallover

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Bear cub gardener:

Лучший мой помощник!!!#медведьсемён #смешной #неуклюжий #мир #эмоциичерезкрай #русскиймедведь #мимимишка #чудонаша #медвежонок? #друг

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Bear cub adorableness:

После трудового дня,с любимой игрушкой можно и поволяться на диванчике. #медведьсемён #мир #эмоциичерезкрай #русскиймедведь мимимишка #чудонаша #медвежонок? #друг

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Everlasting bear/human friendship:

#медведьстепан photo by @ipirogovacom #добрый #нежный  #друг #лес? #фотосесия #русскиймедведь #Россия #модель  #фотодляроссиии #фотографвмосква #медведь #фотосесиясхищниками  #живоймедведь #портфолио #like #like4like  #art #oso #bear #animallover

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Creepy clown doll scares bear from garbage can scavenging

A person in Virginia devised a strange-but-effective method to discourage bears from rummaging in the garbage cans. I'm sure the bears will have their revenge.

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Watch a young grizzly bear play with floating video cameras

Below, a young grizzly bear plays with two GoPro cameras mounted on a pontoon floating in the clear water of the Knight Inlet on the British Columbia Coast.

"The idea was to film bears diving for fish in 2-meter deep pools," wrote Newsflare member kitchinsink, who uploaded the video. "If I was in the pool they wouldn't come and dive so I needed a camera that would float 'inconspicuously!'"

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Polar bears hold Russian scientists hostage on tiny Arctic island

A group of Russian scientists have been trapped for two weeks by polar bears at an Arctic island weather station. The scientists face a month-long wait for a rescue. Read the rest

Mother moose protects her calves from stalking grizzly bear

I like the way every time the mother moose turns around, the bear pretends to be paying attention to something else. Read the rest

It's salmon season on this live Alaskan bear cam

Explore.org has a very relaxing live feed of bears feeding on salmon at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, Alaska. At night, they run a highlight reel. Great for having on as you work. Read the rest

Bear tears automobile to shreds

Lenny Grekko says: "Last night we were camping in the Adirondacks and a bear opened the door of my neighbors car looking for food. He got in and destroyed it before the forest ranger was able to come."

Bear broke into my neighbors car last night

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"We have a bear inside of our house right now."

A fellow freaks out after a bear comes into his house. Crouching on the landing, he turns on his camera and waits for death, or, perhaps, to be informed how not to do vertical video. "It's coming up the stairs!" Read the rest

Bear trapped in Subaru follies

No one is quite sure how this bear got into the Subaru, located in Golden, Colorado, but this video shows how they got him out.

Via WLTX19:

“He looked like a dog inside the car just jumping back and forth from front to back,” said Deputy Josh Tillman. “He just demolished the car,”

Annie Bruecker can vouch for the damage and the smell.

“It’s like wet dog, but a little worse than wet dog,” Bruecker said.

Bruecker said her 2005 Subaru Outback was parked in her driveway overnight. She left her doors unlocked, which she said, she typically doesn’t do. Her mom woke her up Tuesday morning after discovering the black bear trapped inside the SUV.

“She screamed from downstairs,” Bruecker said. “She said, ‘Annie, there’s a bear in your car.’ And I thought that she meant that it broke a window, and I was like, ‘okay, that’s life.’ But, no she actually meant that it was in my car.”

Deputies Tillman and McLaughlin answered the call and deliberated before deciding the best option was to pop the hatch to release the bear.

Deputy McLaughlin manually opened the door while deputy Tillman stood nearby with a shotgun, in case anything dangerous were to happen.

Thankfully, the bear was mainly interested in getting back into the wild, making a run for the forest as soon as the hatch was popped.

No windows were broken, but the interior of the vehicle was destroyed.

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Grizzly unseats and kills Montana mountain biker

Near Glacier National Park, a surprised grizzly bear attacked three mountain bikers. Two were able to escape, but the third, Brad Treat, was killed.

Via Alaska Dispatch News:

Treat died Wednesday afternoon after being attacked by a grizzly bear just south of Glacier National Park. Though he had maintained his athleticism — he was riding his mountain bike, after all — Treat, who was just 38 years old and a law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service, couldn't escape his fate.

But his companion did. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry told the Associated Press that Treat and another man had been biking near Halfmoon Lakes when they came across the bear, surprising it. The other man escaped unscathed and sought help while the bear knocked Treat off his bike.

Help arrived too late, and Treat was declared dead on the scene. The bear has not been found, though authorities are searching for it, and campers were briefed on the incident.

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