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Florida lawmakers weigh stiffer penalties for bear poaching

Jan. 15, 2020 4:21 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers moved Wednesday to stiffen penalties against illegal bear hunting to further deter people from poaching once-imperiled bears that some now consider a growing nuisance. A state House panel unanimously advanced a proposal that would increase fines and allow state...

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Dr. John Dolittle, portrayed by Robert Downey Jr., right, with Jip, voiced by Tom Holland, in a scene from

Review: 'Dolittle,' with Robert Downey Jr., is a disaster

Jan. 15, 2020 4:06 PM EST

Dr. Dolittle, who favored animals and shunned humans, was on to something. The century of human history since Hugh Lofting, in 1920, created his eccentric veterinarian character has only made Dolittle a more astute fictional figure, and a natural candidate for big-screen resurrection. Aquaman can talk to the...

FILE - In this Sept.2, 2019 file photo, shepherd Romain Jaurigueberry brings dead sheep to sub-prefecture of Bayonne, southwestern France, to protests against the rising bear attacks on sheep herds in Pyrenees mountains. Farmers who raise sheep for milk and meat high in the Pyrenees mountains are rejoicing after French President Emmanuel Macron promises them that he'll not authorize the release into the wild of any more bears responsible for increasingly deadly attacks on herders' flocks. (AP Photo Bob Edme, File)

Grrrrr! Angry herders secure bear ban from France's Macron

Jan. 15, 2020 1:23 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The bears have cute names — Bubble, Feather, Snowflake and the like — and look so soft and huggable when caught on video by remote cameras that study their habits. But to herders high in the Pyrenees mountains of southwest France, the animals are stone-cold killers, ravaging...

Group petitions Amazon to stop selling trap that hurts bears

Jan. 15, 2020 9:44 AM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An advocacy group in North Carolina has started a petition to try to get Amazon to stop selling an animal trap that can injure bears. The Citizen Times reported Tuesday that the group Help Asheville Bears is appealing directly to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and has gathered 32,000...

Montana pays record amount for livestock killed by predators

Jan. 9, 2020 6:59 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has made more payments to ranchers for livestock killed by predators in 2019 than any previous year. The Montana Livestock Loss Board has paid ranchers more than $247,000, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Thursday. The claims were made on more than 360 animals...

Study: Grand Teton elk hunt not a major draw for grizzlies

Jan. 6, 2020 1:24 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — An annual elk hunt in Grand Teton National Park doesn't draw in and concentrate large numbers of grizzly bears, scientists have concluded. The November to December hunt probably takes place too late in the year for grizzly bears to seek out animal remains that hunters leave behind,...

This Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, photo provided by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) shows TWRA officer Jeff Roberson with a bear caught after it was wandering around the University of Tennessee's baseball stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. The 200-pound (90 kilogram) black bear showed up as a walk-on at the Lindsey Nelson Stadium, but ended up being sent back to its home territory. (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency via AP)

Tennessee wildlife officials remove bear from campus stadium

Dec. 30, 2019 8:08 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 200-pound (90 kilogram) black bear showed up as a walk-on at the University of Tennessee's baseball stadium, but ended up being sent back to its home territory. Tennessee wildlife officials removed the wild creature that was found wandering around the Lindsey Nelson Stadium on...

Bear found stuck inside UT baseball stadium

Dec. 29, 2019 12:09 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say a bear that decided to make its way through the University of Tennessee campus ended up stuck inside the baseball stadium. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said in a Facebook post that the bear was reported on the Knoxville-based campus and stuck inside Lindsey...

13 more bears killed as New Jersey concludes black bear hunt

Dec. 24, 2019 12:18 PM EST

Thirteen bears were killed last week as New Jersey finally concluded the second phase of its black bear hunt, according to state wildlife officials The hunt initially was scheduled for six days and ended Dec. 14, with 37 bears being culled overall. But it was extended for four more days because the harvest...

Fewer deer, bears killed in New Hampshire in 2019

Dec. 21, 2019 11:36 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Hunters killed fewer deer and bears in New Hampshire this year, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The unofficial 2019 deer kill was 12,144, said Eric Orff, a wildlife biologist. That's a 14 percent decrease from the 2018 total, which was one of the largest totals...