Latest Bears News

What you need to know about the bears thriving in Missouri

Jul. 19, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Dana Gray of rural Rogersville remembers spotting something big and brown earlier this month during a walk on her 10-acre property. "There it was, just curled up in a big pile of leaves," she recalled. "It didn't move. We just kept on walking and I was thinking, 'Is that a bear?'...

Fans in Italy root for clever brown bear to elude captivity

Jul. 17, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A brown bear in Italy has eluded capture for a third day, following its escape from an electrified enclosure in a forested Alpine region. Appeals mounted urging authorities not to shoot it. It's not clear how the bear got past an electrified fence, then scaled a nearly 4-meter (13-foot) high...

Alaska man charged with illegally killing polar bear

Jul. 14, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has been charged with the illegal killing of a polar bear in violation of federal law. Chris Gordon of Kaktovik shot the bear outside his home, leaving the carcass there for five months without salvaging any part of it, according to federal prosecutors. "Mr. Gordon...

Group wants grizzly bears restored to more US states

Jun. 27, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates are seeking a court order that would force U.S. officials to consider if grizzly bears should be restored to more Western states following the animals' resurgence in the Northern Rockies. Grizzly bears are protected as a threatened species outside Alaska. An...

Heat wave puts Italy, France on highest 'red' weather alert

Jun. 27, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — France's national weather service issued its highest-level danger alert Thursday as it warned that parts of the country could expect temperatures to reach an "exceptional peak" Friday amid a record-setting heat wave in Europe. Meteo France raised the hazardous weather warning to "red," the...

Orangutans, polar bears make a splash as Europe swelters

Jun. 25, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Orangutans at a Vienna zoo got buckets of water, lemurs in Rome enjoyed fruit icicles and a polar bear took to a pool in Germany as much of Europe sweltered Tuesday in an early summer heat wave. Authorities warned that temperatures could top 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some parts...

Bear injures 80-year-old woman in Slovenia

Jun. 22, 2019 6:31 AM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Police in Slovenia say an 80-year-old woman has been slightly injured when a bear attacked her close to her home just south of the capital Ljubljana. In a statement, police said the woman has been hospitalized following the attack Saturday morning in the village of Vrh nad...

Bear enters Montana home, settles in for nap in closet

Jun. 21, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a black bear somehow locked itself inside a Montana home and then nestled onto a closet shelf that wasn't too hard, wasn't too soft, but just right for a nap. Missoula County sheriff's officials say the bear just yawned when deputies knocked on the window and unlocked...

Emaciated polar bear found in Russia taken for treatment

Jun. 21, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An emaciated polar bear seen roaming around an industrial city in Russia far south of its normal sea ice hunting grounds is being transported to a zoo for examination and treatment. The bear was spotted earlier this week in Norilsk, a city of 175,000 people that above the Arctic Circle but...

Polar bear spotted in Russian city, far from normal habitat

Jun. 19, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An emaciated polar bear has been sighted in a Russian industrial city in Siberia, far south of its normal hunting grounds. Emergency officials in the city of Norilsk in a statement on Tuesday warned local residents about a bear that has been spotted in one city district. Anatoly Nikolaichuk,...