Jan 072018
 
3 More Caged Bears Saved From Shocking Conditions in Armenia

Christmas came early this year for three more lucky bears who were rescued from appalling conditions in Armenia, where they were being used to entertain people. The rescue effort to save them from cruelty and neglect was carried out as part of the Great Bear Rescue – a larger campaign to free bears who are […]

Nov 052017
 
POLL: Should the use of bears as living tourist attractions be banned?

Rescuers are stepping in to help brown bears who are being kept in deplorable conditions and used as living attractions by their captors across Armenia. These brown bears have been poached from the wild and confined to barren enclosures at restaurants, factories and bus depots, among other places, so they can be used to draw […]

Aug 272017
 
POLL: Should the trophy hunting of bears and wolves be banned?

On August 7, footage surfaced in international media of brown bears “besieging” a Romanian village. The clip shows the animals scavenging for food in trash bins, walking through the town, and running past bewildered pedestrians. Unfortunately, images like these can invoke fear among the public and play very well into the hands of those who […]

Jul 072017
 
Tracking Gobi Grizzlies

When wildlife biologist and author Douglas Chadwick first heard tales of Gobi bears, he was dubious. Stretching across 1,295,000 square kilometers (or about a half million square miles) of southern Mongolia and northern China, the Gobi Desert is a vast, harsh, and unforgiving environment. Could a bear really thrive there? Chadwick wondered. While he had […]

May 012017
 
POLL: Should Trump cut spending by disbanding wildlife "killing" services?

The recent deaths of Casey, a yellow Lab killed by a cyanide bomb in Idaho, as well as two other pet dogs who became unintended victims in Wyoming, have focused attention on the secretive government agency that planted those deadly M-44 explosives: Wildlife Services (WS), a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and […]

Oct 122016
 
Romania bans trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats

Romania has banned all trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats in a surprise decision that gives Europe’s largest population of large carnivores a reprieve from its most severe and immediate threat. The move on Tuesday reverses a trend which has seen the number of large carnivores being shot by hunters grow […]

Aug 122016
 
POLL: Should the illegal trafficking of Asia's Sun Bear be stopped?

The Malayan Sun bear may not be the most famous animal in Southeast Asia, but it is undoubtedly one of the most endearing — though its charm hasn’t served to protect it. These gentle, inquisitive residents of the Asian mainland, Sumatra and Borneo, are threatened by poaching for traditional medicine. They’re also fast losing their […]

Jul 282016
 
How to survive a bear encounter

Peak camping season is upon us, and this July and August millions of Americans will be loading the minivan, heading into our national parks and forests, and inevitably meeting some bears. Fortunately, most of these encounters will be uneventful. In almost every case, the bear will turn its tail and run. Take Yellowstone national park […]

Jun 302016
 
Brown Bears Use 'Human Shield' to Protect Their Cubs

You might think that winter is the most dangerous time of the year for a young animal. But for Scandinavian brown bear cubs, these next few weeks may determine whether the animal lives or dies. That’s because early May to mid-July is breeding season for Sweden’s brown bears. The males, in a desperate attempt to […]

Aug 272014
 
Logging of Russian Far East damaging tiger habitat, few intact forests protected (Part I)

This is the first part of series examining the impact of forest loss on Siberian tigers. Part II discusses in more detail what their shrinking habitat and low numbers may mean for their future. The destruction of Russian forests to supply timber to international markets is becoming one of the biggest threats to the world’s […]

Oct 312013
 
Yeti may be undescribed bear species

The purported Yeti, an ape-like creature that walks upright and roams the remote Himalayas, may in fact be an ancient polar bear species, according to new DNA research by Bryan Sykes with Oxford University. Sykes subjected two hairs from what locals say belonged to the elusive Yeti only to discover that the genetics matched a […]

Oct 192013
 
Is European wildlife making a comeback? Recent success stories with top images

Beaver, bison and eagles are among the species that have made a successful comeback in Europe in the past 50 years, according to a major survey published by a coalition of conservation groups on Thursday. The report selected 37 species that have showed signs of recovery, studied changes in their numbers and range since 1960, […]

Oct 152013
 
POLL: Should Sun Bears be used for Chinese medicine?

Wildlife campaigner Louis Ng is no stranger to close encounters with animals in distress. But nothing quite prepared him for the emotional exchange with an adult bear outside a bear farm in Laos. A film-maker had stumbled upon the farm and contacted Ng, the co-founder and executive director of Animal Concerns Research and Education Society […]