BEARS IN THE NEWS

With more Human encroachment on what used to be bears only areas, there are more 'Bear meets Man' occasions reported in the news!
 

This topic is for you to bring those reports here.
Remember to include full credit for any photos and a link back to the source article!

We want reports on wild bears - Captive bears are discussed in the Forum HERE
And the Spirit Bear news is covered HERE.
 

So anything else fits in here, please.
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‘Mother island’ of B.C.’s white spirit bear at risk from Enbridge Northern Gateway tankers: research report

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun

Dec 2, 2012

 

Tanker traffic associated with the Enbridge Northern Gateway project poses “significant, cumulative, adverse, and immitigable impacts” to the greatest coastal habitat for B.C.’s iconic white spirit bear, a research study warns.

The study expresses special concern for 20,690-hectare Gribbell Island — “the mother island of the white bear,” south of Kitimat — which would be in direct line of the tanker traffic and severely impacted by a spill.

More than 40 per cent of the “small isolated population” of between 100 and 150 Kermode bears on the island are white and the rest black, which compares with a rate of one in 10 elsewhere on the north coast where white bears live, the study found.

www.globaltvbc.com/mother+island+of+bcs+white+spirit+bear+at+risk+from+enbridge+northern+gateway+tankers+research+report/6442765031/story.html

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Conservation group buys hunting rights

 

A group adamantly opposed to trophy hunting of grizzly and black bears has bought the commercial hunting rights in a vast area of the Great Bear Rainforest.

 

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation now controls hunting in 28,000 square kilometres of the central coast and its latest acquisition of 3,500 square kilometres includes key areas around Princess Royal Island where there is the highest concentration of Kermode or spirit bears (black bears with white coats).

 

"This is the heart of spirit bear country," said Chris Genovali, Raincoast executive director.



Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Conservation+group+buys+hunting+rights/7248233/story.html#ixzz26YdzwgZA

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Grizzly Bear Deaths Mostly Due to Trophy Hunting

B.C. grizzly bear deaths rise 21 per cent: report

Humans along with threats to habitat are the cause

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver SunMarch 30, 2012

 

 

A total of 383 grizzly bears died were killed in B.C. in 2011, up 21 per cent from the previous year, according to statistics released Friday by the provincial government.

Of the 383 grizzlies, 334 or 87 per cent were killed by trophy hunters. The rest were shot for posing a threat to people or property, or killed in collisions with motor vehicles, rail accidents, or due to poaching.

The B.C. government estimates there are 16,000 grizzlies in the province, where the animal is listed both provincially and federally as a species of special concern.

Link to the full article

 lpynn@vancouversun.com

 

 

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Jeanie, Whistler’s most famous bear, shot dead by conservation officer

 

Michael Allen/Postmedia News

Michael Allen/Postmedia News

A file photograph of Jeanie the black bear from 2001.

By Sean Sullivan

VANCOUVER—The most famous bear in Whistler, B.C., is dead after being shot by a conservation officer.

Jeanie the black bear, known for a triangle-shaped patch of white fur on her chest, a camera-friendly personality and an astonishing number of cubs in her 20-some years at the ski resort community, was killed on Friday after weeks of escalating conflicts.

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Trio of white bear cubs in Elkford, BC

 

NOTE: Elkford, BC is located in the Rocky Mountains, in the southeastern interior of BC, far removed from the habitat of the elusive Kermode of the BC West Coast.

 

 

Photo By Kristy Anonson Courtesy, Sonora Resort, Handout ELKFORD, B.C.: September 26, 2011 --Two of the three white bear cubs that have attracted attention since appearing in the community of Elkford, B.C.. Photo By Kristy Anonson Courtesy, Sonora Resort, Handout (For Outdoors section story) Rebecca Edwards)
 

Photo By Kristy Anonson Courtesy, Sonora Resort, Handout

ELKFORD, B.C.: September 26, 2011 --Two of the three white bear cubs that have attracted attention since appearing in the community of Elkford, B.C..


Vacation homeowners in Elkford, B.C., have been asked to search for white bear fur that may have caught on their decks or trees, to help scientists discover the genetic secrets of three white bear cubs seen in the town this fall.

Residents are also being urged to clear their garbage and fruit trees to stop the rare bears becoming hooked on human food sources.

The three cubs from two different mothers have attracted a lot of attention since they began showing up across the community in late September.

One black mother has been seen with two white cubs and a black cub, while another black bear has one white cub, one cinnamon cub and one black cub.

 
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Grizzly destroyed after stalking hikers

 

Posted: Sep 28, 2011 7:19 PM MT

"this was the first grizzly bear destroyed in Banff, Yoho or Kootenay National Parks since 1995."

A six-year-old male grizzly bear was captured and destroyed after a run in with two hikers on the Mount Fairview trail near Lake Louise

 

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