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THURSDAY, SEPT. 3, 2015

SUNDAY, AUG. 23, 2015

A sow black bear and her five cubs cool off in a kiddie pool in a New Jersey family's backyard. (Tim Basso)

Momma bear, 5 cubs, play in kiddie pool 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- This video of a black bear sow with FIVE cubs seeking relief from summer heat is worth enduring the entry commercial for a few minutes of wildlife observation. Momma bear immediately recognizes the cool water haven in a New Jersey family's backyard,...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015

Black bears emerging from dens eat green grass to kick-start digestion. (File Associated Press)

Bears leaving dens early; precautions advised

WILDLIFE -- Bears are on the move early this year, lured from their winter dens by unseasonably warm weather. Bear activity has been reported in recent weeks from the Washington Coast east to Yellowstone National Park. "Black bears usually start making appearances in mid-to-late April,...

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MONDAY, DEC. 1, 2014

Biologists say black bears can usually be scared off a carcass. (Associated Press)

Man killed by bear likely interrupted feeding 

BEAR ATTACKS -- Hikers and hunters who venture into bear country can benefit from reading investigations of bear attacks. Here's a report on the most recent investigation of a bear mauling in the Northern Rockies. CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A panel of wildlife experts has...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 3, 2014

Videos capture bears with cat-scratch fever

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The trail cam video of an Okanogan County black bear turning a scented tree into a massage parlor (at right) has been amusing thousands of viewers since it was posted this week by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Scott Fitkin....

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 5, 2014

Black bears are common but not troublesome in the Olympics along High Divide.

Bowhunter treed, bitten by black bear 

HUNTING -- A Western Washington archery hunter is recovering from puncture wounds to his leg after startling a black bear during a hunt on Monday. Jerry Hause, 60, spooked the bear while hunting near Longview and figured his best option as the bear charged was...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 15, 2014

A black bear cub in Montana watches its mother eat chokecherries. (Jaime Johnson)

Photo: Mom's lesson bears fruit for bear cub

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- While bears have a well-known taste for huckleberries, they also cash in on other fruits. This black bear sow appears to be giving its cub a lesson in the nutritional benefits of eating chokecherries, according to this great photo snapped this week...

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MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2014

Video: Momma bear gives cub tooth love

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The video above shows a savvy black bear sow doing what she needs to do to get her young cub out of danger from passing vehicles. The short video was shot along the busy highway through Canada's Kootenay National Park north of...

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TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

This 2011 photo shows a grizzly bear roaming near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. (Associated Press)

Grizzly killed by Idaho black bear hunters 

HUNTING -- An 11-year old male grizzly bear was killed by black bear hunters near Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday, May 7, according to the Idaho Fish and Game Department. The incident occurred on the Caribou-Targhee Forest, just off of the Cave Falls Road in...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014

Oregon rancher kills 500-pound black bear

WILDLIFE -- A huge black bear by Oregon standards has been killed by a rancher legally defending the family's property. Hunters are scratching their heads wondering how they missed seeing one of the biggest bruins experts have seen in the Northwest. From the Associated Press:...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2012

Boo Boo, the black bear cub found by fire crews with second degree burns on all four paws in August 2012  has been moved to a rehabilitation area in central Idaho. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game)

Boo Boo the bear may get back to the woods

WILDLIFE REHABILITATION -- Boo Boo, the black bear cub found by fire crews with second degree burns on all four paws last month, has been moved to a rehabilitation area in central Idaho. Idaho Fish and Game biologist Jeff Rohlman picked up the young bruin...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2012

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

Grizzly bear.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Bear aware: Tips for camping in bear country

WILDLIFE -- The summer camping season is kicking into high gear, putting more people out among wildlife, including bears. The Grizzly Bear Outreach Project offers basic tips to help campers avoid attracting bears, which can be dangerous to people and destructive to their camping gear....

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THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012


Two black bear cubs peek from the brush along Schweitzer Road. 
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Bear aware: Tips for camping in bear country 

WILDLIFE -- The summer camping season is kicking into high gear, putting more people out among wildlife, including bears. The Grizzly Bear Outreach Project offers basic tips to help campers avoid attracting bears, which can be dangerous to people and destructive to their camping gear....

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