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Bear Scared By Country Music

Colorado wildlife officials shoo a napping black bear out from under a hospital with blaring music--country music, obviously.

Bears: All that fur, teeth, and claws, and all it takes to scare one away is a little blaring country music. Colorado Division of Wildlife specialists chose to use this method to spook a bear who'd taken up residence beneath housing on Boulder Community Hospital property. 

They discovered the bear when a plumber checking pipes underneath the residence heard a growl and shined his light on a waking bruin. Read Full Story...
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 in: News and Events, Nature and Wildlife, Weird and Funny
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North Cascades' Disappearing Grizzlies

Wildlife biologists argue for reintroduction to augment Washington's dwindling grizzly bear population

Bet you didn't know this: Washington has grizzlies. It just doesn't have many—the last time anyone spotted a genuine griz in the North Cascades was 15 years ago. While wildlife biologists think the population still exists, the members number probably less than 20. Surprising news, given that the area is remote enough to support astonishing recoveries for wolves, lynxes, and wolverines.

This is especially disheartening since the North Cascades represents some of the best grizzly habitat in the Lower 48; wildlife biologists think the region could support as many as 200-400 individuals. But they won't be able to make it on their own: The nearest breeding population is a similarly embattled group on the Canadian side of the border, and it's unlikely the current residents have the genetic strength to make it on their own. Read Full Story...
Monday, February 07, 2011 in: Nature and Wildlife
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Midwest Winter Report: Thundersnow!

Live from the snowed-in Midwest, Map Editor Andrew Matranga reports on a bizarre winter-weather phenomenon: thundersnow.

I am currently traveling in the Midwest, trying to get some work done in between shovelfuls of heavy, lake effect snows in Chicago. Hundreds are still stuck on Lake Shore Drive downtown, and the region's highways are closed and snowed under.



But last night's snowstorm that whacked the Chicagoland area and is still gripping most of the nation brought out an interesting weather phenomenon known as a Thundershower -- when lightning and snow fall at the same time. Read Full Story...
Thursday, February 03, 2011 in: News and Events, Nature and Wildlife
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Ask A Bear: What Color Are Your Eyes At Night?

Our resident bruin expert answers all your questions in our weekly feature, 'Ask A Bear.'

Q: At night, with an LED flashlight, what color are your eyes, Mr. Brown Bear? How about your cousin Mr. Black?—Rick Guidos, via email

A: Was that you shining a flashlight into my eyes the other night? If so, you're in big trouble, Mister. Read Full Story...
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 in: Ask a Bear, Nature and Wildlife
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Ask A Bear: Are You A Picky Eater? (VIDEO)

Our resident bruin expert answers all your questions in our weekly feature, 'Ask A Bear.'

Q: In September, a 400-or-so pound black bear came into my backyard and sat by the huge pile of shelled corn I'd put out for the deer. He sat there for a good half hour, sitting in the sun, posing for pictures on the stealth cam, and basking in his own beauty, but he didn't eat a single kernel (see above).

In December, however, he came back and bent steel to get at the itty-bitty little thistle seed in my feeder. I don't understand how those tiny seeds can be so filling, while he snubbed his nose at the trough of sumptuous corn. Can you explain why the black bears don't seem the least bit interested in corn piles, but can't seem to get enough of millet? —Jenny Mount, Oxford, NJ

A:  First of all Jenny, let's take a look at my cousin raiding your feeder on video: Read Full Story...
Wednesday, December 08, 2010 in: Ask a Bear, Nature and Wildlife
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Ask A Bear: Bear Canisters in Winter?

Our resident bruin expert answers all your questions in our weekly feature, 'Ask A Bear.'

Q: I'm planning on doing some winter camping this year, and I wanted to know if it's still necessary to use a bear canister during colder months. I've heard that bears are not true hibernators, and I didn't know if one may wake up if they could smell the food. I live in Pennsylvania if that makes a difference.—Michael Daubert, via email.

A: As in so many things regarding me ad my furry kin, the answer is "that depends." While it's correct that I'm not a true hibernator, my actual behavior changes greatly depending on my species and where I live. Read Full Story...
Wednesday, December 01, 2010 in: Ask A Bear, Nature and Wildlife
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Ask A Bear: Why Did You Destroy My Van?

Our resident bruin expert answers all your questions in our weekly feature, 'Ask A Bear.'

Q: While in Lake Tahoe, I woke up at 5:30 or so to my minivan's hazard lights flashing. After rallying the troops out the door, we were greeted with one big black bear crawling out the driver side window with two little ones in tow. There were two other vehicles explored in the drive way, but their doors were unlocked and therefore not pawed open Why in the hell did you have to destroy my minivan?? —Eryka Thorley, via email

A: Let's take a look at the damage: Read Full Story...
Friday, November 05, 2010 in: Ask a Bear, Nature and Wildlife
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Ask A Bear: Will A Flashlight Make You Mad?

Our resident bruin expert answers all your questions in our weekly feature, 'Ask A Bear.'

Q: If I come across you at night, will my light get you mad? Should I immediately turn it off?—Mike DeCicco, Grass Valley, CA

A: Scared of sleeping in my backyard without a nightlight, eh? You're certainly not alone—and since you have much weaker senses of smell and hearing to navigate around at night, you'd best not forget the flashlight or headlamp. Read Full Story...
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 in: Ask a Bear, Nature and Wildlife
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Ask A Bear: More Active During A Full Moon?

Our resident bruin expert answers all your questions in our weekly feature, 'Ask A Bear.'

Q: I have theorized that bear activity is significantly greater on nights with a full moon than on nights under a new moon. And as a corollary there would be greater activity on first quarter evenings than mornings and greater on last quarter mornings than evenings. Can you confirm or deny these allegations? —Alan A. Vetter, via email

A: Surprisingly enough, your idea that my behavior is influenced by lunar activity isn't loony—but you've got it backwards. Read Full Story...
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 in: Ask a Bear, Nature and Wildlife
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Video: Birds Destroy Campsite

A group of hungry "flying devils" completely dismantle a nature film crew's camp on the Falkland Islands

OK, remind me never to camp in the Falkland Islands—lest I incur the wrath of the striated caracara. Also known as the "Johnny Rook" bird or simply the "flying devils," these hyper-intelligent birds of prey are famous for tearing up anything in their path in search of food. Even scarier, they're completely fearless of humans. A National Geographic crew filming on the Falkland Islands learned this the hard way, and wisely stepped aside. Luckily, they left the cameras running. Watch 'em go Hitchcock on their tent setup: Read Full Story...
Monday, October 25, 2010 in: News and Events, Nature and Wildlife, Weird and Funny
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