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Saturday - April 28, 2012

With caribou herds changing migration routes - there has been an increase in grizzly bears in places they have never been before. That includes the Northwest Territories, home to polar bears previously. The grizzlies traveled north, following the caribou, and then mating with the local polar bears.

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.

Wednesday - April 11, 2012

Heavy snowfall in Alaska had caused damage to an electric fence at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage. The fence had to be turned off for maintenance, during that time period, the inhabitant a 2 year old Kodiak bear was able to escape by climbing over the fence.

Shaguyik (sheh-GOY’-uk), an Eskimo name for “ghost” or “shadow" is the escaped bear, and the first escapee the center has had. They let the public know almost a week after the bear escaped. For Alaska though it is just another bear in an area that is already populated by many bears. Even though Shaguyik was raised in captivity, the public is asked to stay away if they see her.

Tuesday - April 3, 2012

Deb Freele was camping at Soda Butte Campground near Cooke City, Montana, 5 miles away from Yellowstone. Freele was doing what she loved most, camping and enjoying the outdoors. The last time she had been to Yellowstone she was just learning how to flyfish, 3 kids and a couple decades later she was back out there, more experienced with her angling skills.

Monday - April 2, 2012

After a mild winter, things don't bode very well for the grizzlies of Alberta. A rancher's wife noticed what looked like a wolf eating on a deer carcass on their property. The next morning the rancher went out to check, and encountered a grizzly bear. He made loud noises to try to scare off the bear, but fresh out of hibernation the bear was not scared off. He charged at the man, who in self defense fired his rifle at the grizzly bear at 18 yards. The rancher faces no charges, since he shot the bear to save his own life.

Monday - April 2, 2012

Steve Herrero from the University of Calgary looked at different scenarios where hunters or hikers had encounters with grizzly bears. The hunters usually had firearms to deter the grizzly, and hikers or hunters had bear spray to use in their encounters. The firearm portion of the study looked at 269 cases, out of 444 hunters. The bear spray study looked at 72 cases, out of 175 people.

Tuesday - March 20, 2012

For most people living in Montana, especially in areas surrounding Yellowstone, they know they have to be bear aware. However, there are many people who come from out of state to the gorgeous offerings of Montana and Yellowstone National Park. So much undeveloped and natural land, but this also brings the dangers of the wild. Last year 2 hikers were killed in Yellowstone, one after coming upon a sow and her cubs twice, and the other is still uncertain. He did know he was in bear territory though, as rangers had warned him the day before he was killed.

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.

Tuesday - March 6, 2012

For the first time, a brown bear in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska has been documented using a tool to get clean. The large brown bear was in the river, using a barnacle covered rock to rub against his face. It is unsure what exactly it was for, an itch, removing food... But it does show us that bears are smart animals.

University of Cumbria's Dr Volker Deecke was the one to observe the bear using the primitive tool.

Tuesday - March 6, 2012

Alaska's Department of Fish and Game introduced a plan that would help the people of Alaska ensure moose meat in their freezer. Many people depend on stocking their freezer with moose to make it. It is an affordable, healthy way to get meat into the home. In Unit 19A, there was a decline in the moose population. "The moose population is very low and local people depend on moose meat," Board chairman Cliff Judkins said. "This program will allow moose numbers to rebound much faster than they can now."

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