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For threatened polar bears, the climate change diet is a losing proposition

Feb. 13, 2024 11:19 AM EST

For polar bears, the climate change diet is a losing proposition, a new study suggests. With Arctic sea ice shrinking from climate change, many polar bears have to shift their diets to land during parts of the summer. A study looking at Hudson Bay polar bears tries to figure out if...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Feb. 07, 2024 07:26 AM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. February 2, 2024. Editorial: State-sanctioned bigotry targets transgender people It’s cruel. It’s vicious. It’s state-sanctioned bigotry. Using the flimsy pretense of modifying the insurance laws, intolerant Florida...

Italian province culls Alpine brown bear deemed dangerous, drawing ire and scrutiny

Feb. 06, 2024 17:37 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Forestry corps personnel in northern Italy on Tuesday killed a brown bear deemed dangerous to humans by local authorities, sparking protests from animal rights activists and the scrutiny of Italy’s environment minister. M90, the brown bear, was killed by members of...

Floridians could kill black bears when threatened at home under a bill ready for House vote

Jan. 30, 2024 18:16 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians could soon be able to kill bears threatening them on their property with no consequences — if they don't bait or provoke them first or turn them into meals or rugs later. A measure approved in its final House committee stop Tuesday would allow...

A bear was killed by a hunter months after it captivated a Michigan neighborhood

Jan. 25, 2024 14:01 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A 350-pound black bear that perched for hours in a tree, causing a Mother's Day spectacle last spring in northern Michigan, was killed by a hunter, authorities said. “It makes me sad, because I was just envisioning it living peacefully in the forest...

Louisiana looks to revive black bear hunting for 1st time in decades, but there's pushback

Jan. 17, 2024 16:32 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A move is underway that wildlife advocates hope will persuade the state to end plans to overturn a nearly 40-year-old hunting ban on Louisiana black bears. Jeff Dorson, executive director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, started an online petition in late...

A refugee bear from a bombed-out Ukraine zoo finds a new home in Scotland

Jan. 12, 2024 16:13 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — An unlikely refugee from the war in Ukraine — a rare Asiatic black bear — arrived at his new home in Scotland on Friday and quickly took to a meal of cucumbers and watermelon. The 12-year-old Yampil was named for a village in the Donetsk region where he was one of...

AP PHOTOS: Dancing with the bears lives on as a unique custom in Romania

Jan. 01, 2024 00:09 AM EST

COMANESTI, Romania (AP) — A small industrial town in northeast Romania may seem like an unlikely tourist destination, but Comanesti is where huge numbers of visitors from as far away as Japan choose to spend part of the winter holiday season. They converge here to see an annual...

AP PHOTOS: In Romania, hundreds dance in bear skins for festive 'dancing bear festival'

Dec. 30, 2023 00:16 AM EST

COMANESTI, Romania (AP) — Centuries ago, people in what is now northeastern Romania donned bear skins and danced to fend off evil spirits. That custom is today known as the Dancing Bears Festival, drawing crowds of tourists every December. Hundreds of people of all ages, clad in...

Montana tribes receive grant for project aimed at limiting wildlife, vehicle collisions

Dec. 23, 2023 15:08 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have received an $8.6 million grant for a wildlife overpass across U.S. Highway 93 in Montana, near where a well-known grizzly bear was fatally hit by a vehicle three years ago. About $110 million is being awarded...