These bears cannot be released into the wild, so sanctuaries are being built.
Scenes like this one are becoming increasingly common in the Arctic.
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Polar bears are increasingly seeking sustenance in human trash because of melting sea ice and a loss of hunting opportunities. The result is a rise in human-bear conflict – and dead bears.
Photographing a bear in Yellowstone National Park at a distance the National Park Service calls safe – at least 100 yards from a predator.
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The recent goring of a tourist who approached within 10 feet of a bison in Yellowstone National Park is a reminder that wild animals can be dangerous and people should keep safe distances.
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A new study finds more than one early human species lived on the landscape in Northern Tanzania 3.66 million years ago. But there are reasons to be cautious about the findings.
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Even in small, densely populated countries, reintroducing large wildlife is possible.
Cave bears are now extinct.
This is the oldest genome recovered from a non-permafrost environment.
Black bear in Jasper National Park, Alberta.
Researchers who visited parks throughout Alberta’s bear and cougar country want to know if parks education is improving park-friendly behaviour.
Black bear near military housing at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle, May 17, 2010.
Once hunted into corners of North America, black bears have expanded across the continent since the early 1900s. But bears that end up living near people aren’t seeking close encounters.
An abandoned village in the Huesca Pyrenees has undergone ‘passive rewilding’.
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The abandonment of crops and pastures allows the natural regeneration of bushes and forests and the recolonization of fauna.
Bear with me.
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Drones can be the best way to study animals but only if used responsibly.
Bears like Polly (pictured) are rescued from bear bile farms and sent to rehabilitation centres.
Bears in Asia are trapped in bile farms, where they are kept in small cages for decades.
A brown bear snags a sockeye salmon in Alaska. In warm years, red elderberries ripen early and Kodiak bears leave streams full of salmon to eat them.
Climate change is making berries ripen early in Kodiak, Alaska, luring bears away from eating salmon. This shift may not hurt the bears, but could have far-reaching impacts on surrounding forests.
Grizzly trophy-hunting is at the heart of a ferocious debate in North America.
A bitter debate has erupted over the British Columbia government’s recent decision to end grizzly bear trophy hunting. Here are the pros and cons of stopping the hunt.
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Of the 14 subspecies of brown bear, this is the most endangered.
No, I can’t see the supermoon either.
Planet Earth’s bears have nothing on these critters.
The grizzly, or brown, bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is posed to lose protections under the Endangered Species Act.
Jim Peaco, Yellowstone National Park
The grizzly bear of Yellowstone is expected to be delisted from the Endangered Species Act. But a survey of grizzly bear researchers finds flaws in how wildlife experts evaluate scientific data.
Thespians of old playing the Globe Theatre would have walked past the Bankside bear-baiting ring on their way in.
Anyone got any loo roll?
In a rare conservation success story, research has shown that numbers of wild large carnivores in the continent have been steadily increasing and a third of the European mainland now has at least one kind…
Duran, Duran, anyone?
Europe, the world’s most industrialised and intensively managed continent, is going wild. During the past three decades it has witnessed conservation successes with the most unexpected species: Europe…
Rise and shine, your mum sacrificed a lot for you.
When it comes to feats of physiology, bears are among the superstars of the mammalian world. Their endurance is unmatched. During hibernation, bears regularly survive up to six full months without consuming…