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Black bear tracks pizza scent, destroys car in Juneau

Aug. 8, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A black bear has destroyed a Juneau Pizza employee's car looking for food in a residential neighborhood, raising concerns from wildlife experts that the animal will have future encounters with people. “I think it was the delicious smell of the pizza that drove the bear to the...

4 bears killed as part of Alaska bear attack investigation

Aug. 6, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State wildlife department employees have killed four bears near the remote area in south-central Alaska where authorities say a man was fatally mauled last week. The state Department of Fish and Game on Thursday said preliminary analyses of DNA and other evidence link a female brown...

Montana grizzly biologist no longer with wildlife agency

Aug. 5, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A long-time Montana grizzly bear biologist is no longer with the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, officials confirmed. While the agency did not announce the departure of wildlife biologist Mike Madel, agency spokesperson Greg Lemon confirmed he was no longer with the...

New response team to help victims of Wyoming grizzly attacks

Aug. 4, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

A new animal attack response team will rescue people attacked by grizzly bears in the northwestern Wyoming backcountry. The Teton County Sheriff's Office, Teton County Search and Rescue, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Grand Teton National Park are behind the effort. Grizzly attacks in Wyoming often involve...

Grizzly bear killed by wildlife officials after killing cow

Aug. 4, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say they have killed a grizzly bear after it killed a cow on private land in southwestern Montana outside Yellowstone National Park The adult male bear had killed a cow in Park County last week and was euthanized following consultations with the U.S. Fish and...

Troopers: Kodiak man reports being mauled by bear

Aug. 3, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A 71-year-old Kodiak man said he was mauled by a bear while running on a mountain trail over the weekend, Alaska State Troopers said. The troopers, in an online post, said the man, identified as Donald Zimmerman, contacted local police around 11:35 a.m. Sunday. He was met by...

Group gives $5K for information on Trump sticker on bear

Aug. 3, 2020 7:16 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A wildlife group in North Carolina is offering a $5,000 reward to identify a person they say is responsible for putting a “Trump 2020” sticker on the collar of a bear. “Bears are NOT Billboards!” Help Asheville Bears said on a Facebook post Friday while...

4 bears hit by vehicles, 2 killed, in Yosemite National Park

Aug. 2, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Officials are urging drivers to slow down after four bears were struck by vehicles and two were killed in Yosemite National Park in recent weeks, according to a newspaper report. The surviving bears were believed to be seriously injured after being hit by vehicles...

State: Black bear euthanized after attack on man in garage

Aug. 2, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A black bear has been euthanized after an attack on an 82-year-old man in the garage of his North Jersey home last month, authorities said. Fish and wildlife workers trapped and killed the suspected problem bear on Tuesday in West Milford, the New Jersey Department of...

Maine bear hunt nears as hunters can now set bait

Aug. 1, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's annual fall bear hunt is getting closer as hunters are now able to lay bait for the animals in the woods. It became legal for hunters to set bait starting on Saturday. The hunting season in which it is legal to shoot bears over bait runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 26. The hunt...