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Siku the Danish Polar Bear

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cute denmark polar bearI don't usually post anything cute, but I have to do this at least once.

Da Bears

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This is a page about Moon Bears. It's supposed to be for kids, but it's actually pretty good for just about anyone that doesn't know much about Moon bears (and other species). Tags: bears Got this page from pandarazzi on Twitter.

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Polar Bears Keep "Threatened" Status

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A federal judge on Thursday upheld a 2008 decision to protect polar bears throughout their range as a “threatened” species under the U.S. The polar bear was the first species added to the Endangered Species List due solely to the threat from global warming. polar bear us endangered speciesThis is good news. For the full story, here's the link to the Environmental News Network.

Palin Bad For Polar Bears

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Why Do People Jump Into Enclosures With Bears?

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Second Bear Killed On Trans-Canada Highway

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The second bear to meet its end this year on the Trans-Canada Highway has prompted an animal rights group to call for immediate repairs to a fence line intended to protect wildlife in Banff National Park. Park staff had been monitoring the bear in the hopes the adult female would avoid the busy roadway. The bear was struck last week and found dead two days later. fish and wildlife canada bear

Second Time Bears Declared Extinct in Austria

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For the second time in recent history, brown bears have been declared extinct in Austria. Unfortunately there are no bears left in Austria, in the Northern Limestone Alps. The last bear, known as ‘Moritz', an Austrian born bear, has not been seen since 2010. Why is so much wildlife news so frigging sad?! From Wildlife Extra News. This sub-population is now deemed to be extinct." said Christian Pichler of WWF Austria

Trophy Hunters Imperil Polar Bears

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Therefore, to me it's a slam dunk as to whether trophy hunters should continue to hunt polar bears. Tags: indigenous hunting canada polar bear trophy hunting endangered species arctic I have no sympathy for trophy hunters. They are not hunting for food or for any subsistence whatsoever. It's all about the thrill of the hunt and, sorry to say it, the thrill of the testosterone surge. Perhaps there are female trophy hunters out there too, but I suspect they are in the minority.

Black Bear

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  Black Bear.   Enter Black Bear Crestfallen, I schlepped my sorry self from my minuscule apartment, across the Village Green toward the coffee shop. When I stepped onto the narrow parking strip between the Village Green and the coffee shop, I stopped in my tracks to avoid being leveled by a speeding, mud-caked, vintage Saab with a Grateful Dead dancing bears sticker on it. If I could have shot the poor bear on the spot, I would have.

Polar Bear Supporters Lose Court Case

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A federal appeals court made a final decision Wednesday on whether Fish and Wildlife could allow oil companies to interfere with polar bears. Fish and Wildlife service wrongfully issued authorization for oil companies to work in areas that could potentially hurt the bears. They claimed Fish and Wildlife failed to consider effects of climate change and had a false idea of how many polar bears would be affected. Tags: oil drilling polar bear arctic

Man Busted for Bear Gall Bladders in Washington State

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We allow hunters to shoot bears, but not to sell their parts. Tags: seattle State of Washington gall bladders poaching bears asia This happened in my own State of Washington. Note the Asia connection again.

Humane Society Puts Pressure on South Carolina's Bear Baying

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A declawed, defanged bear is chained to a stake as hunting dogs bark and snap, trying to force the bear to stand on its hind legs. The training exercise called bear baying is intended to make the bears easier to shoot in the wild and it's only allowed in South Carolina. Animal rights advocates say it's cruel to the nearly defenseless bears and harms them psychologically. Tags: animal cruelty blood sport south carolina humane society bears hunting

The Inuit Point of View on Polar Bears

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Here's an article in the Nunatsiaq News that talks about polar bear conservation from the Inuit point of view. The Inuit harvest, or hunt, polar bears in Canada. "In But not with polar bears." He said that a lot of Inuit feel betrayed by the animal rights movement, and by some biologists when it comes to polar bears. The polar bear is the WWF's poster animal in its campaign against global climate change, said Nirlungayuk, and "the Inuit are caught in the middle.".

Lake Tahoe Bear Poached for Gall Bladder

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State wildlife officials are investigating a possible poaching case in which someone removed the gallbladder of a black bear -- which can sell for thousands of dollars in Asia -- after the animal was struck and killed this week by a car in the Lake Tahoe area. A surgical glove was discovered next to the bear's mutilated carcass. "It The penalty for trafficking in bear parts, a felony, is a $10,000 fine and a minimum six months to one year in prison.

US Groups Fight to Save Polar Bear Hunts

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Supposedly, environmentalists and animal rights activists have "unfairly made the polar bear into 'the panda bear of North America.'" Tags: canada blood sport polar bear hunting trophy hunting endangered species Now that the species is listed in the US as "threatened," hunters can't import the dead body parts (aka hunting "trophies") in from Canada.

Polar Bear Hunters Face Battle Over Extinction Worries

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Native and sport polar bear hunters may be facing more restrictions due to increasing threats to bear populations. A limit on the hunting of polar bears by sportsmen and native Arctic people will top the agenda at an international summit in Norway tomorrow, seen as vital to the survival of the predator. Tags: polar bear

Chinese Authorities Seize Bear Parts

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The load included 173 bear paws, one python skin and the carcass of a pangolin — a type of sticky-tongued, toothless, nocturnal anteater that is a menu item in southern China. Bear paws are also considered a delicacy in southern China where exotic animals are favored by diners despite the impact on populations of endangered species. I suppose it shows they are making some effort , but it's still a huge problem.

Moon Bears Rescued from Bile Farm in Vietnam

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Moon bears are rare, which makes this all the sadder. Tags: taiwan Traditional Chinese Medicine bear bile china asia It's great that they were saved, but t hey arrived at the rescue center in wretched condition. Please note that the illegal bile farm was Taiwanese-owned. Again, the China connection. I can't read such stuff without being sickened by my species. Thank Animals Asia for the rescue. They are an amazing organization that we support financially.).

New Jersey Bear Hunt to Continue as Planned

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New Jersey’s first bear hunt in five years is just a week away and set to go on as planned despite a last-ditch effort by several animal rights organizations to have the hunt postponed. The bear hunt, set to take place from Dec. 6 to 11, is authorized under the state’s recently adopted Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP). Tags: cull new jersey bears hunting Despite efforts by animal rights activists to stop this hunt, it is scheduled to continue.

Sick Prank with Dead Bear Cub

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And don't forget that a bear cub was shot, not by the kids, but by some other monster. Authorities said Tuesday that a student prank, not a political statement, was the motivation for dumping a dead bear cub draped in Barack Obama signs on a North Carolina campus earlier this week. They found a bear cub that had been shot in the head, grabbed it, took political signs "at random" to cover the bleeding, then decided to leave it at the base of a statue on campus.

RIP Knut

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The little polar bear that captured the attention and hearts of so many has passed away. Knut was only 4 years old, and the cause of death is still unknown.

Zebra, "Bears" (1984)

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Cherokee Man Imprisoned for Selling Gall Bladders

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This culprit is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and is serving only 6 months for illegally selling 51 bear gall bladders. Tags: wildlife trafficking gall bladders bears

PETA Wants Knut Castrated!

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We're talking about Knut the polar bear. He was the cute little polar bear whose birth at the Berlin Zoo was so controversial because his mother rejected him. Tags: zoos knut Germany polar bear PETA He was raised by a trainer. PETA Germany's position is that he should be castrated so he doesn't mate with his cousin Giovanna. She's here temporarily for companionship, but the group is concerned. Check out a couple of the pictures in this story. How suggestive!

Psychiatrist Arrested for Trafficking in Gall Bladders

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From the Seattle P-I: A Japanese psychiatrist with a home in Seattle is facing poaching and gun-possession charges following allegations that he poached several black bears and tried to smuggle gallbladders back to Japan. In charging documents filed in King County Superior Court, prosecutors contend Dr. Tohru Shigemura made repeated trips to Washington to hunt bear, taking animals out of season and on tribal lands. Tags: wildlife trafficking gall bladders bears

Calgary Zoo Feeling Economic Pressure

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They had to cancel a big project that would have showcased polar bears and seals. Lanthier, a veterinarian and walrus researcher who took the helm in Calgary two years ago, says the cancellation of the polar bears exhibit might please some animal-rights extremists, but the reality is a blow to Canada's white bears. Tags: zoos canada seals polar bear endangered species But don't feel too bad for them.

Unlikely Animal Friends 2

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You will be introduced to several unlikely friendships, from a leopard and golden retriever, to polar bears and Canadian Eskimo dogs (and more)! Who ever would have thought that polar bears and dogs would play, and even sleep, together in harmony?

Knut's Keeper Dies

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Remember Knut the polar bear at the Berlin Zoo? Man and bear even celebrated Christmas and New Year together, joined in the straw-lined pen by Doerflein's girlfriend, Daniela Kaiser, and her six year-old son, Louis. The extraordinary bond which had been built between bear and man was to be severed. Tags: knut zoo Germany polar bear Well, his keeper died and it sounds like a very sad story.

Be the next Pambassador!

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Pambassador finalists will participate in the current panda release plan, designed to re-introduce captive bears into the wild. Do you love pandas? Would you like a chance to help them in an incredible way? You should enter to be the next Pambassador!

Washington Man Sentenced for Gall Bladder Trafficking

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Support Animals Asia

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I especially appreciate the work they do on those horrific bear bile farms that are really just a form of torture for the animal. Tags: bears bile farming asia I recently wrote my first check to Animals Asia. They are doing very important work on animal welfare in Asia. In a nutshell, here they are. Our Mission "The mission of the Animals Asia Foundation is to improve the lives of all animals in Asia, end cruelty and restore respect for animals Asia-wide."

Can a NFL player out run a cheetah?

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Tennessee Titans’ Chris Johnson (the NFL’s fastest running back) and Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester (the super-agile wide receiver and kick returner) both take part in an extraordinary challenge to literally go one-on-one in a first-ever race with a cheetah.

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Darwin Award Nominee Falls Short

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Yet another story of someone who decided to climb into a bear exhibit at the zoo. He was not injured.

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Last night I was watching Animal Planet, as I often do, and the show was about polar bears in the wild. There was a mama polar bear and her 2 cubs who were not yet full grown, but also not tiny. Due to lack of food, a big male polar bear was following the threesome in the hopes that he could eat one of the cubs (apparently they will eat their own kind if they can’t find other food). I had to turn the channel before the big male bear got to the dying cub.

Have You Considered Keeping Goats as Pets?

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Bear in mind they are good at jumping, but also at damaging fences, so you will need to make sure you have secure fencing of reasonable height to make sure they don’t escape. Have you considered keeping goats as pets? Cats and dogs are the most popular pets, along with hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs also being amongst the favourites. Those wanting a more unusual choice may perhaps opt for a snake or tarantula, but these aren’t exactly cuddly or cute choices.

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Nat Geo WILD!

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Talking Hot Dog Ranch, Livingston, Montana: Casey Anderson tosses Brutus the grizzly bears a fish at homemade “falls.&# (Photo Credit: © Grizzly Creek Films). This population of more than 3,500 bears offers Casey a chance to witness how they catch wild salmon and feed their young.

Giveaway: Emory’s Gift

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Emory’s Gift is about a boy, and a bear, and a lot of life that happens in between. What is it that makes Emory the bear so special? One day while fishing in the woods behind his home Charlie is saved from a mountain lion by a grizzly bear.

The Vet Who Did Not Vet

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OK, it doesn't have a lot to do with "critters" per se, other then the fact that it deals with That One that approves of killing wolves and polar bears.

Are you ready to get a dog?

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Dogs aren’t teddy bears that can be left to one side, and the saying ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ lives on for a reason – it’s true. So, bear this in mind before you make the final leap into dog ownership.