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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 12 February 2017

 The repository of Bear news and stories we come across.

I've written about my experiences with High Sierra Black Bear Behavior in the Trail and Camp Skills section of the Trail Guide. Remember, bears act differently in different locations, and can be quite unpredictable in most situations.

Most times we can figure out what they want, and that typically boils down to two things: Food, and/or to be "left alone." Bears have personalities and feelings, which make them almost as unpredictable as that most deadly of beasts, humans. Almost...

Feb 12, 2016

Barely educated humans impact bear behavior
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA OKANAGAN CAMPUS, Feburary 6, 2017.

 

Pollutants in the Arctic environment are threatening polar bear health,
WILEY, January 5, 2017.

 

All polar bears across the Arctic face shorter sea ice season,
 University of Washington, October 3, 2016.

 

Lake Tahoe-Truckee bear activity driven by severe drought,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, March 25, 2016.

 Stupid Human Tricks

Half of the large carnivore attacks are due to the imprudence of human behavior,
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), 2-8-16.


Inside the bear…
Bears' seasonal hibernation linked to changes in gut microbes,
Cell Press, 2-4-16.

 

No such thing as a free meal... when the food fights back:
Man fights off bear near Yosemite National Park, drives himself to hospital, LAT,  August 14, 2015.

 

 Suburban Bear Attack:

Florida: Bear attacks woman, Dec 4, 2013.
“In March 2011, Kumar said she called FWC when a bear tried to drag the entire freezer out of her garage.”

“and found an unleashed dog was present in more than half the encounters.”

"But dogs can excite and provoke bears to the point where a bear attacks not only the dog but the person accompanying the dog as well. Quite a number of dogs were killed."

2 days Later:
Bear hunt: Florida officials search for animal that mauled woman's face, CNN, Dec 4.

1 day Later:
Bear suspected in attack captured, killed, CNN, Dec 5, 2013.
 These things always end badly for the bear. My solution is quite simple: Mandatory bear proof garbage cans for all home and business in bear territory. No Food-No Bears. With no bears dog walkers will be safer.

The thing between dogs and bears is crazy. They seriously do not like each other.
 

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