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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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Mountain Goat Kills Hiker in Olympic NP

63-year-old man died while trying to distract aggressive ram from others

Rare and tragic events in Olympic National Park on Saturday: A mountain goat gored a 63-year-old hiker on the popular Switchback Trail to Klahhane Ridge; the Port Angeles man later died of injuries to his thigh. It's the first wildlife-caused fatality in Olympic, and potentially the first fatal attack by a mountain goat ever recorded.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 in: News and Events, Nature and Wildlife
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Ask A Bear: Do I Need to Bear-Bag Unopened Freeze-Dried Foods?

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

Q: Is it necessary to bear bag freeze-dried food if the package is not opened?—Rob, via email

A: You humans...always wanting to take the easy way out. Truth is, even if a package of freeze-dried food hasn't been opened, there are a few reasons why you'll want to store it in a bear bag or canister anyway.
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Wednesday, October 06, 2010 in: Ask a Bear, Nature and Wildlife
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Ask A Bear: Break A Stick to Scare Away Bears?

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

Q: I read that breaking a stick scares away bears. Is that true?—Jim K., via email

A: You humans and your reading. Sometimes I think your higher intelligence gets you into more trouble than its worth—give me a sunny day, a field full of berries, and a river loaded with salmon, and I'm happy. Read Full Story...
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 in: Ask a Bear, Nature and Wildlife
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Ask A Bear: Never Look A Bear In the Eyes?

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

Q: I heard that you are never supposed to look a bear in the eyes. Is that true?—Jim, Phoenix, Ariz., via email

A: Are you lookin' at me? I said, 'are you lookin' at me?! Do I look like a just a big, fluffy stuffed animal to you?! Read Full Story...
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 in: Ask a Bear, Nature and Wildlife
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Ask A Bear: Can Wasp Spray Repel You?

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

Q: Would wasp spray, with increased range and a narrow stream for accuracy, be a good bear deterrent as opposed to the regular pepper spray?—Steve Ridings, via email

A: Jeez, sometimes I think people just loooove coming up with new ways to make me have a bad day. Read Full Story...
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 in: Ask a Bear, Nature and Wildlife
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Ask A Bear: Which Park Has the Most Attacks?

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

Q: I've heard that Glacier National Park is known for the most bear attacks in the U.S. Is that true?—Kathy Walter, via email

A: What is it with you people and attacks? Can't you just admire me for my majestic, uncompromising physical beauty? Fine, I get it—you love me because of the claws, teeth, insane power, etc., so I'll answer your question. Read Full Story...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 in: Ask a Bear, Nature and Wildlife
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