Latest Bears News

Mother bear swipes at a hiker in Colorado after cub sighting

May. 23, 2024 11:48 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A mother black bear swiped at a Colorado hiker Tuesday, sending them to the ground where they got scrapes on their arms but were able to finish their walk before getting first aid, according to a statement from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. After the attack in...

A self-inflicted hit of pepper spray drives off an attacking grizzly in Grand Teton National Park

May. 22, 2024 16:04 PM EDT

A grizzly that accidentally inflicted itself with a burst of pepper spray while attacking a hiker in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park won't be captured or killed because it may have been trying to protect a cub, park officials said in a statement. While mauling a hiker on Signal...

Surprise grizzly attack prompts closure of a mountain in Grand Teton

May. 20, 2024 19:20 PM EDT

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A grizzly bear attacked and seriously injured a man in western Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park, prompting closure of a mountain there Monday. The grizzly was one of two that surprised the 35-year-old man from Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon on Signal...

Japanese authorities urge caution after wild bears attack several people in the northeast

May. 19, 2024 06:50 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities have warned residents to be aware of wild bears in the country's northeast after several people were attacked, including police officers. A bear about 1 meter (3 feet) in size was captured in Fukushima prefecture Sunday by officials in charge of...

Man dragged by bear following fatal car crash, Massachusetts state police say

May. 06, 2024 13:21 PM EDT

HATFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A man who was dragged by a bear following a car crash was most likely dead at the time, Massachusetts State Police said. First responders found the man outside of the car in Hatfield on Sunday morning and saw a bear in the woods nearby, Dave Procopio, a...

The federal government plans to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades region of Washington

Apr. 25, 2024 15:44 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government plans to restore grizzly bears to an area of northwest and north-central Washington, where they were largely wiped out. Plans announced this week by the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service call for releasing three to seven...

Video of 2 bear cubs pulled from trees prompts North Carolina wildlife investigation but no charges

Apr. 19, 2024 16:41 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A video of people pulling two bear cubs from a tree in North Carolina as one person posed for a photo with one of the wild animals prompted an investigation, but a state wildlife official said Friday that no charges will be filed. When North Carolina...

Biden administration restricts oil and gas leasing in 13 million acres of Alaska's petroleum reserve

Apr. 19, 2024 15:57 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it will restrict new oil and gas leasing on 13 million acres (5.3 million hectares) of a federal petroleum reserve in Alaska to help protect wildlife such as caribou and polar bears as the Arctic continues to warm. The...

Floridians can 'stand their ground' and kill threatening bears under bill going to DeSantis

Mar. 07, 2024 18:28 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — So long as they don't eat them, stuff them or turn them into hats for the British royal guard, Florida residents will be allowed to kill black bears threatening them on their property with no consequences under a bill sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday. ...

Woman survives bear attack outside her home; mother bear killed and 3 cubs tranquilized

Mar. 06, 2024 12:15 PM EST

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — A woman was injured in a bear attack while letting her dog outside, and Pennsylvania game commission employees killed the mother bear and tranquilized her three yearling cubs, authorities said. Butler Township police said the 55-year-old woman was attacked after...