Black bears

A different kind of bear season

Bears quickly learn how to acquire food, and in some cases that means intimidating humans or even destroying property, including vehicles.The early black bear hunting seasons in New York are still a couple months away. However, summer ushers in a bear season of its own, where it’s the bears that are doing the hunting – for food. This can be…

Woman attacked by bear was working on Montana grizzly study

KALISPELL, Mont. — Wildlife officials say a field assistant on a government grizzly bear study suffered serious injuries when she was attacked by a bear while working in a remote northwestern Montana mountain range. Amber Kornak, a Grizzly Bear Wildlife Technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), was seriously injured in what is being called a surprise attack…

Researchers: Missouri’s black bear population growing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — An ongoing research project by the Missouri Department of Conservation has found that the state’s black bear population is growing. Researcher Laura Conlee told the Springfield News-Leader that Missouri has seen high survival rates for female bears, which leads to population growth. She says reported bear sightings are also increasing. Most black bears are spotted south of…

Citizen-scientist project to help log Minnesota bear expansion

Minnesota’s black bear range has slowly been expanding southward and westward. To better understand and document this expansion, the Minnesota DNR announced in a news release Thursday, May 4 that it has designed a new reporting application on its website to gather bear sightings made by the public outside the primary bear range. The DNR bear sightings tool runs on Android,…

DNR: Take action now to reduce bear problems [video]

(Michigan DNR)As black bears start to become active, the Michigan DNR advises property owners to be bear conscious. “The ideal situation is for a bear to walk past your property, not find a food reward and move along on its own,” said DNR wildlife communication coordinator Katie Keen. “That’s the best way to live with bears and not encourage conflict.”…

Maine man punches and kicks 150-pound bear that attacked his puppy

DEDHAM, Maine — A Maine man says he punched and kicked a 150-pound bear, scaring it away after it attacked his puppy in the woods. Twenty-nine-year-old Dustin Gray said the bear lunged at him and his 11-month-old puppy on Monday. The 6-foot-5 man tells the Bangor Daily News that he punched and kicked the bear until it fled and knocked…

Nearly 70 bears killed in first day of New Jersey’s latest hunt

TRENTON, N.J. — Hunters killed 68 black bears during the start of the second phase of New Jersey’s bear hunt. Monday’s total along with the 244 bears killed in October brings the number of bears harvested to 312. That’s below the 583 killed during the same period in 2016. The firearm-only season runs through Saturday, although state officials can extend…

Amid uncertainty of its future, New Jersey bear hunt resumes

TRENTON, N.J. — Sunrise Monday marked the start of New Jersey’s gun bear hunt, which could be the last bear hunt of any kind in the state for some time. The firearm-only season takes place from Monday to Saturday, although state officials can extend the hunt to the following week if there aren’t enough bears killed. The hunt comes just…

Black bear population continues to grow in northeast Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. — An Auburn University study shows the black bear population has grown in northeast Alabama. The Alabama black bear population has more than doubled in the past four years, said Todd Steury of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. He said the bears migrated from north Georgia. “One interesting aspect we observed is that mother bears in…

Hunters, outdoors types asked to report bear dens near Grand Rapids

Hunters and other recreationists spending time outdoors this fall are being asked by the Minnesota DNR to report the locations of occupied bear dens they encounter in and around the Chippewa National Forest, north of Grand Rapids. Bear researchers with the DNR are studying bears in this area using GPS tracking collars and would like to add more animals to…