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Wednesday - April 25, 2012

Pennsylvania meteorologist Kurt Aaron was getting ready to do the weather report for the night news around 11:10 pm. He went outside to the outdoor set for his weather report. He was not the only one out there. A mother black bear and three cubs had found their way into the outdoor weather set.

Tuesday - April 24, 2012

Ted Nugent, famous for rock & roll and hunting, is in some hot water for a 2009 bear hunting trip in Alaska. Nugent had previously shot at a black bear with his bow, the bear was wounded, and this counted for Nugent's seasonal limit of one bear. His lawyer says Nugent was not aware of that, since the bear was not killed and ran off. Nugent later successfully killed a bear, so faced charges of illegally killing the bear and then transporting it so a misdemeanor violation of the Lacey Act.

Thursday - April 19, 2012

A wildlife biologist for Montana's Red Lodge area said that he has seen more grizzly bears so far this spring in the area, than he has any other time in 30 years.

The grizzly bears are out, and black bear hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are told to be cautious in the Beartooth Front area west of Red Lodge. Grizzlies may be in the same wooded areas where the hunters are looking for black bears.

Tuesday - April 17, 2012

Vaz Terdandenyan of La Crescenta, California, was awoken Tuesday morning by helicopter sounds. He was walking down his driveway to see if he could find out what was going on, and was texting his boss to let him know he might be a little late getting into work. When he looked up from texting he was face to face with a large black bear.

Thursday - April 12, 2012

Wisconsin is home to a large population of black bears, and now is the time of the year when they are coming out of their winter dens. At the end of March the Department of Natural Resources officers trapped one black bear in Marshfield and relocated it.

On April 9th a number of people called the police to report a large black bear in town. The large black bear was estimated to be around 500 lbs, and had become aggressive towards the residents. He would stand on his hind legs and challenge residents. Police contacted DNR and the DNR told the police to not lose the bear.

Tuesday - April 3, 2012

Rene Dubois saw a black fur ball on the side of the road. He watched it for awhile, realized it was a bear cub and waited to see if a mother bear was around. After not seeing one, he got out and looked at the small bear cub. It appeared to be about 5 weeks old and on the verge of death. It could barely hold its head up and its tongue was turning black.

Thursday - March 29, 2012

Robert Biggs of Paradise, California has some favorite hiking spots. One that he frequents is in the Bean Soup Flat area above Whiskey Flats. On numerous occasions on these hikes he has seen a mother bear with her cubs at different times of year and different ages. All of the occasions have been friendly.

On Monday he came upon the bear with a cub and a yearling. He watched them for awhile, and then he was ready to turn around on the trail to leave the bear family alone. Suddenly from behind a mountain lion attacked him. The mountain lion stuck its paws into Bigg's backpack, luckily missing Bigg's head.

Saturday - March 24, 2012

When planning the best bear management, many factors need to be taken into consideration. Studies conducted in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ontario, looked at some of the correlations with the bear complaints, and their hunting season. Increasing the number of black bear permits, did not have any affect on the nuisance complaints.

Tuesday - March 20, 2012

A mother bear and her cub have a trap set for them. The pair have become a nuisance in the Seminole County community of Florida. The black bear and cub had made an open lid trash dumpster their main food supply. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had received many reports about this bear and cub. The sow had been aggressive towards dogs in the area, and FWC had come out for the complaints.

Wednesday - March 7, 2012

Recent bear attack studies find that using a gun is not effective in protecting a person from injury or death. Research is being conducted by Brigham Young University, led by bear expert Tom S. Smith. Researchers found that the outcome (meaning injury, no injury or fatality) was the same whether a gun was used in an aggressive encounter with a bear, or if the person had a gun and did not use it.