Latest Bears News

Appalachian Bear Rescue wins Land Rover, $25K

Nov. 20, 2022 12:19 PM EST

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (AP) — Appalachian Bear Rescue has one more valuable tool in its toolkit and extra cash in its pockets to help care for injured and orphaned black bear cubs, as the winner of a Defender Service Award from Land Rover. The nonprofit in Townsend got the good news...

Symbol of reunion with China, panda Tuan Tuan dies in Taipei

Nov. 19, 2022 19:16 PM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Tuan Tuan, one of two giant pandas gifted to Taiwan from China, died Saturday after a brief illness, the Taipei Zoo said. No cause of death was immediately given, but earlier reports said the panda was believed to have a malignant brain tumor, prompting China...

Bird flu detected in southeast Alaska black bear cub

Nov. 18, 2022 19:53 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A black bear cub in southeast Alaska was euthanized after it became ill with avian influenza, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said. It is believed that the cub, which was located in Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve west of Juneau,...

Down to its last panda, Mexico ponders what could come next

Nov. 17, 2022 22:06 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Xin Xin, the last panda in Latin America, is not your average bear. A native of Mexico, she’s the only remaining member of a diaspora descended from giant pandas China gifted to foreign countries during the 1970s and 1980s. Mexico’s Chapultepec Zoo is one of...

Feds resume study of restoring grizzlies to North Cascades

Nov. 10, 2022 15:48 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Environmental groups on Thursday hailed a decision by the Biden administration to resume studying whether grizzly bears should be restored to the remote North Cascades mountains in Washington state. The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

New Jersey moves to reinstate controversial black bear hunt

Nov. 10, 2022 15:22 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey plans to reinstate its controversial annual black bear hunt. Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat who has long opposed the hunt, announced Thursday that the state’s Fish and Game Council will meet next week to consider game code amendments that would allow...

Connecticut warns of foraging bears amid acorn crop failure

Nov. 05, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Connecticut are warning residents to be especially vigilant about feeding bears this fall, whether intentionally or unintentionally. According to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, a widespread acorn crop...

Vermont game wardens investigating bear attack; victim OK

Nov. 03, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

WINHAL, Vt. (AP) — Game wardens are investigating a bear attack in the southern Vermont town of Winhall in which a woman was injured near a condominium complex where a mother bear and cubs had been seen regularly this summer and fall, officials said Thursday. The Department of Fish...

China panda experts visit Taiwan in rare point of contact

Nov. 02, 2022 06:36 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan has welcomed a pair of experts from China to help with an ailing panda in a rare opportunity for contact between the sides. The two experts arrived Tuesday after Taipei Zoo’s Tuan Tuan, suspected to have a malignant brain tumor, took a turn for the...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 28, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Graphic misrepresents House GOP...