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Park IDs hunter killed by grizzly bear in Alaska as Ohio man

Sep. 24, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

COPPER CENTER, Alaska (AP) — The hunter killed by a grizzly bear last weekend in a remote part of Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve was identified Thursday by park officials as a 22-year-old man from Ohio. The death of Austin Pfeiffer late Sunday was the first recorded fatal bear...

In this undated photo, provided by the Alaska Zoo, is an alpaca named Caesar at the zoo in Anchorage, Alaska. A wild brown bear tunneled under perimeter fencing and killed a popular alpaca at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, officials said Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. The bear had been hanging around the zoo lately, knocking over trash bins and breaking bear-proof latches before it got under the fence Sunday morning.

Brown bear breaks into the Alaska Zoo, kills popular alpaca

Sep. 23, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A wild brown bear tunneled under perimeter fencing and killed a popular alpaca at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, officials said Wednesday. It was killed a day later by wildlife officials. The bear had been hanging around the zoo, knocking over trash bins and breaking bear-proof...

1st deadly grizzly attack recorded in nation's largest park

Sep. 23, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

COPPER CENTER, Alaska (AP) — A hunter has been killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. It’s the first-known grizzly attack death in the nation’s largest national park. Park officials said in a statement that the hunter was killed Sunday,...

National park sign vandalized with racist message, bear skin

Sep. 22, 2020 7:16 AM EDT

WALLAND, Tenn. (AP) — The National Park Service is trying to identify who mounted a cardboard sign with a racist message and hung a black bear skin over an entrance sign at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors reported seeing the bear skin and sign on Saturday morning on a welcome sign near a...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, a black bear saunters across a busy street in downtown Juneau, Alaska. A larger than normal number of young bears and dwindling natural food supply for them are forcing the animals to head for Juneau's garbage with unusual frequency, a wildlife official said. KTOO Public Media reports that a poor berry crop and lackluster salmon runs mean more bears are looking for food among the city's trash. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

More young bears, less food send them to Juneau’s garbage

Sep. 21, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A larger than normal number of young bears and dwindling natural food supply for them are forcing the animals to head for Juneau's garbage with unusual frequency, a wildlife official said. A poor berry crop and lackluster salmon runs this year mean more bears are looking for food...

Man pleads guilty to poaching black bear on reservation

Sep. 17, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of shooting a 700-pound black bear on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota and removing its head pleaded guilty Thursday, although his lawyer alleges that only half of the federal government's story is accurate. Brett Stimac, 41, of Brainerd, Minnesota, pleaded...

FILE - In this April 13, 2018 file photo, Andrew Timmins, bear project leader with the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game, steps over a tranquilized black bear as Nancy Comeau, right, of the USDA wildlife services, keeps a hand on the bear after it had been moved onto her side in Hanover, N.H. The bear, tagged and relocated to far northern New Hampshire, was found dead in late August 2020. One of its three cubs was struck and killed by a bus on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, after it ran onto Route 10 in West Lebanon, N.H. (Jennifer Hauck/The Valley News via AP, File)

Orphaned cub of famous mother bear Mink dies in traffic

Sep. 15, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

WEST LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — One of three black bear cubs orphaned by the recent death of their famous mother was hit and killed by a bus in New Hampshire, authorities said. The 30-pound (14-kilogram) cub was struck Monday afternoon after it ran onto Route 10, in West Lebanon, said Michael Hinsley, deputy...

In this undated photo released by North-Eastern Federal University, a head of an Ice Age cave bear found on Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, or Great Lyakhovsky, the largest of the Lyakhovsky Islands belonging to the New Siberian Islands archipelago between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea in northern Russia. Reindeer herders in a Russian Arctic archipelago have found an immaculately preserved carcass of an Ice Age cave bear revealed by the melting permafrost, which has all its internal organs, teeth and even its nose intact. (North-Eastern Federal University via AP)

Perfectly preserved Ice Age cave bear found in Arctic Russia

Sep. 14, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

Reindeer herders in a Russian Arctic archipelago have found an immaculately preserved carcass of an Ice Age cave bear, researchers said Monday. The find, revealed by the melting permafrost, was discovered on the Lyakhovsky Islands with its teeth and even its nose intact. Previously scientists only had been able...

FILE - In this April 13, 2018, file photo, Andrew Timmins, the bear project leader with the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game, steps over a tranquilized female black bear as Nancy Comeau, right, of the USDA wildlife services, keeps a hand on the bear after it had been moved onto her side in Hanover, N.H. The bear, tagged and fitted with a tracking collar, was later relocated to far northern New Hampshire. But in May 2019, the bear returned to her home turf in Hanover. In spring 2020, the bear is preparing to emerge from hibernation in her den with three new cubs. (Jennifer Hauck/The Valley News via AP, File)

1 of 3 cubs orphaned by famous bear's death captured

Aug. 31, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — One of three black bear cubs orphaned by the recent death of their famous mother was captured Monday morning and will be taken to a rehabilitation center for the winter. Officials have been searching for the cubs since Tuesday, when the mother bear known as Mink was found dead. She had...

The Panda bear cubs Meng Xiang (nickname Piet), right, and Meng Yuan (nickname Paule), left, are climb in their enclosure during their first birthday in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Berlin zoo's twin panda cubs celebrate 1st birthday

Aug. 31, 2020 6:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin zoo's popular twin panda cubs have celebrated their first birthday with a special frozen cake and a portion of snow from the penguin house. Pit and Paule — Chinese names Meng Xiang und Meng Yuan — were the first pandas to be born in Germany and have become a star...