Birding the Bear Mountain of Serbia

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A narrow forest road takes us to the chain blocking the entrance, with a sign “Area closed – bear danger”. I am on a mission to finally see my first Brown Bear and everything else becomes secondary. Now would be the biggest chance for a bear… or maybe not?

There’s a bear! There’s a bear!

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In the most of Europe, Brown Bear is a mythical creature that lives only in mediaeval tapestries and folk tales. About a quarter of the world’s Brown Bears live in Europe (including the Russian part of it), some 55,000, divided into nine separate and evermore fragmented populations – some of them dangerously tiny, a dozen or two dozen animals only. In the European Union there are only 10,000 mature bears (source: IUCN). In the end, have I seen my bear?

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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.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Black Bears

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Though I grew up where the Hudson Valley meets the Catskill Mountains, in the heart of Black Bear country, I can count my encounters with said bears on the fingers of one hand. In my young teenage years I was walking through the woods and was suddenly startled by a young bear dropping out of a tree only about five meters from me but before I could even react it was running away. But, somehow, I never had much luck with seeing bears. That’s a big bear!

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

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Water bears can survive in space!

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Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are the only known animals to survive in space. This is out of this world awesome! Amazing! cute video

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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.

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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

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

Why Do People Jump Into Enclosures With Bears?

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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

Palin Bad For Polar Bears

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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.

Yogi Bear Giveaway

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Yogi Bear features everyone’s favorite talking bear Yogi (Dan Aykroyd) and his adorable sidekick Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake) as they raise havoc with their hair-brained schemes in Jellystone Park much to the chagrin of Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh). When Jellystone is threatened by a logging company Yogi teams up with a documentary filmmaker (Anna Farris) and must prove that he is indeed “Smarter than the average bear!”. Tell me your favorite thing about bears!

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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.

Woolly Bears And Winter

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My daughter and I were exploring our yard the other day, which presented the perfect opportunity to introduce her to one of the coolest, cuddliest caterpillars of all… The wonderful Woolly Bear Caterpillar ( Pyrrharctia isabella ) is a common sight once October rolls around in temperate regions of the United States east of the Mississippi. Woolly bears overwinter under leaf litter in a sort of hibernation. The broader the bear’s black bands, the worse the winter.

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Spectacled Bears at Machu Picchu

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The beautiful Andean or Highland Motmot The iridescence on this Chestnut-breasted Coronet is dazzling The endemic Green-and-white Hummingbird A female C**k-of-the-rock nesting close to the river Whilst looking for another Andean Motmot to film, I heard one of the guides yell out that they had located a Spectacled Bear. A Spectacled Bear and its cub performing for us for several hours. A young Spectacled Bear cub feeding Christmas came early for us this past December.

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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.

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.).

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.

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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.".

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.

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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.

Another Reason to Keep Your Cats Indoors – Bears!

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Some cats, like my Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Paul’s pet, Pippa, are not bright enough to realize that, you know, that’s a freaking bear! Then again, there are several videos out there (like the one below) that show cats fearlessly confronting bears and suffering no ill effects, so maybe people should only let cats out when there is a bear to chase off? Mammals bears cats

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Bears and Bobwhites

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ps There’s bears! Out on the Big Meadow in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, the ranger (that is Virginia the state, not Virginia the ranger) drew our attention to an unmistakeable bird call. I had never heard it before, but as soon as it registered, there could be no doubt about which bird was responsible. “ Bob, Bob White ,&# came the emphatic call across the grassland as the sun dipped towards the horizon, but the bird did not come out into the open.

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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.

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Profile of Free the Bears Fund

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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

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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!

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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.

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Jumping out of my “Beat” today

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Let me start off with being quite clear, there are no grizzly Bears on the Baja! This trip was actually all about photographing the grizzly bears the inhabit the Katmai National Forest, I will not bore you with the flight details, from La Paz, Mexico to Alaska, but it included several planes, one of which was a De Havilland Beaver float plane. All of which, was for one a one day shoot with the famed bears, as they dined on the fall salmon run.

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Washington Man Sentenced for Gall Bladder Trafficking

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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.

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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."

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A Day in Anchorage

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As we headed down the trail, we were stopped from taking the long route by yellow tape and a sign warning of bears. We quickly came upon a pair of Gray Jays, a lifer, hopping through the technicolor birches and I set up to try to take a few photos when my companion yelled out, “BEAR!” ” A mid-sized Grizzly Bear was slowly making its way along the opposite bank of the river. Where bears are loose and grouse wander around with impunity.

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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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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? Polar bear and Huskie play – from National Geographic Channel’s Unlikely Animal Friends 2. Set your DVRs for this fun and fascinating show from the National Geographic Chanel!

King Juan Carlos, Honorary Head of World Wildlife Fund Spain, Caught in Elephant Hunt

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Apparently it isn't the first time the King has been shooting big game in Africa, or elsewhere (Apparently he killed a bear in Russia a few years ago too). From the Wildlife Extra News. April 2012. King Juan Carlos of Spain, Honorary President of WWF Spain, is recovering in hospital after breaking his hip in Botswana where he was on an elephant hunt.

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