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The Bear Attacked, So She 'Popped It Right in the Nose'

Woman survives ambush by black bear in Washington state while walking dog

(Newser) - A woman in Washington state is lucky to be alive after a routine morning task ended up with her fighting an unexpected visitor. Per the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, the resident in the mountainous town of Leavenworth brought her dog outside for a walk around 7am Saturday, when...

Connecticut Boy, 10, Mauled by Bear in Backyard

Grandfather rolled wheelchair over, threw metal bar at animal

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy in Connecticut is recovering from injuries sustained in a terrifying bear attack Sunday morning. The boy was playing in his grandparents' backyard in Morris, about 45 miles southwest of Hartford, when the black bear attacked him and tried to drag him away, CBS reports. Grandfather James Butler,...

Bear Mauls Woman in Her Backyard
Bear Mauls Woman
in Her Backyard

Bear Mauls Woman in Her Backyard

Colorado resident suffered severely lacerated arm; sow and cub were killed

(Newser) - A Colorado woman who noticed the lid on her hot tub had been partially removed went out to fix it around 2am Wednesday, only to be attacked by a bear. The bear charged at the woman, then took a swipe with a clawed paw, "severely lacerating" her arm, according...

'Food Conditioned' Bear Rips Into Family's Tent

Great Smoky Mountains National Park says bear that injured 2 campers was euthanized

(Newser) - A bear that had apparently become far too accustomed to eating human food had to be euthanized after it burst into a tent full of campers early Sunday morning, officials at Great Smoky Mountains National Park say. A woman and her three-year-old daughter were scratched on the head and suffered...

'Hank the Tank' Is Not Just One Bear

Officials say at least 3 bears are responsible for rash of property damage

(Newser) - Hank the Tank is actually a three-bear battalion. DNA evidence now shows that the 500-pound black bear the public had nicknamed “Hank the Tank” is, in fact, at least three not-so-little bears who have damaged more than 30 properties around Lake Tahoe in recent months. The California Department of...

Supporters Fight to Save Black Bear With a Death Sentence
Hank the Tank
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Hank the Tank Strikes Again

Supporters hope to remove black bear from Lake Tahoe area, where he's wreaking havoc

(Newser) - Update: Hank the Tank is at it again. The 500-pound black bear who's been busting into homes around Lake Tahoe made his way into yet another home Friday, according to South Lake Tahoe police. "He broke into a secured home, through the small window in the photo, and...

Cops: Man Who Saw Bear Accidentally Shot Brother, Then Self

Oregon man was found dead after he called 911 to report accident

(Newser) - An Oregon man who told emergency dispatchers he had accidentally killed his brother apparently couldn't live with what he had done, police say. An incident report from the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office says a man called 911 around 7am Tuesday and said he "had accidentally shot his...

Virginia Road Closed Due to Sleeping Bears

They were spotted napping in a tree on Bruin Drive

(Newser) - Officials in Virginia closed a road in a Chesapeake neighborhood after a mother bear and three cubs were spotted napping in a tree. Chesapeake Animal Services asked residents near the tree—on Bruin Drive—to stay inside Monday and the general public to stay away from the area, the AP...

She Heard a Noise in the Kitchen. Then, a 'Big Paw Right on My Face'

Laurel-Rose von Hoffmann-Curzi, who has cancer, fought off bear in her Lake Tahoe vacation cabin

(Newser) - For Laurel-Rose von Hoffmann-Curzi, her Lake Tahoe vacation home has been a refuge during the pandemic, especially since she has stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is particularly vulnerable to COVID. But the 66-year-old retired doctor says she won't be going back to the cabin anytime soon after a black...

Bear Attacks Picnicking Couple in NC

Authorities are on the hunt for the animal

(Newser) - A couple picnicking with their dog in Asheville, NC, were attacked by a black bear last week. They were on a Blue Ridge Parkway hillside near the Folk Art Center when their unleashed dog started barking and ran toward the young bear, which became defensive and attacked, WXII reports. There...

Amazon Delivery Thwarted by Entitled Bear
Amazon Delivery Thwarted
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Amazon Delivery Thwarted by Entitled Bear

We doubt the black bear could use the TP it swiped off a Conn. resident's porch, but A for effort

(Newser) - Last month, the Hearst Connecticut Media editorial board asked a pointed question: "Can we talk about all these bears in CT?" But while the board expressed concern about the 5,500-plus bear sightings in the state this year—more than double the number from 10 years ago—it didn'...

Ranger Shares Heartbreaking Image of Grieving Mama Bear

Hours after crash, it was still calling to dead cub

(Newser) - A ranger at Yosemite National Park has shared a heartbreaking story of a bear encounter—and a plea for motorists to slow down. In a Facebook post, the ranger says they received an all too common report of "Bear hit by vehicle, dead on the side of the road,...

Jelly Doughnuts and Sardines Save Bear Stuck in a Tree

The young animal wandered into city and was likely startled by people

(Newser) - Jelly doughnuts and sardines are usually an either/or proposition. But in an emergency, they could be in the same meal. This was an emergency. A young bear, about a year and a half old, wandered out of the woods into North Carolina's capital city Monday night and was likely...

Culprit in Car Break-Ins Smarter Than Your Average Bear

Police in New Hampshire town ask residents to stop leaving food in cars, and make lots of noise

(Newser) - Surveillance video helped police get to the bottom of a series of vehicle break-ins in the town of Thornton, New Hampshire. Home security footage captured the bandit—a black bear—opening the door of a vehicle and then crawling inside, per the AP .

Mystery Ailment Strips Bears of Their Fear of Humans

It's also causing fatal brain inflammation in bears out West

(Newser) - Wildlife officials in California are worried about a strange ailment that appears to strip young bears of their fear of humans—and also is causing fatal brain inflammation. Cases have been turning up in the state since at least 2014, including four in the last year, reports CBS Sacramento . As...

Woman Who Fed Bear in TikTok Video Charged

Feeding a black bear is a misdemeanor in Gatlinburg

(Newser) - A tourist who hand-fed watermelon and chocolate to a black bear in a video that went viral on TikTok broke the law and will face charges, authorities in Tennessee say. The video of the woman feeding the bear in Gatlinburg was viewed more than 500,000 times after it was...

Beyond an Empty Tent, Bear Scavenged Human Remains

Backcountry camper's cause of death hasn't been established

(Newser) - A backcountry camper was found dead in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday, with hikers coming upon a black bear scavenging on what appeared to be the man's remains. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the hikers were on Hazel Creek Trail and passed an empty tent at campsite 82;...

Woman on Phone With Father Killed by Bear

Officials say unprovoked attack is 'very surprising' behavior

(Newser) - Last Thursday, Stephanie Blais was on the phone with her father from a remote cabin in northern Saskatchewan when she asked 9-year-old son Elie to fetch an antenna for the satellite. Seconds later, she was killed by a black bear. Her father, Hubert Esquirol, tells CTV that the last thing...

Hair-Sniffing Bear Pays a Steep Price

Wildlife officials in Mexico capture and castrate it

(Newser) - A video in wide circulation last month showed the unnerving scene of a black bear in a Mexico park getting up close and personal with a young woman. The bear even stood on its hind legs and sniffed the woman's hair at one point, and she managed to take...

She Was Napping in Backyard. Then: 'It Immediately Attacked'

Southern California teen escapes black bear by hitting it with her laptop

(Newser) - A California teen received an unpleasant awakening from a nap this week, but she's lived to tell the tale, thanks to her computer. Per USA Today , the unidentified 19-year-old was snoozing Monday evening in a chair in the backyard of a home in Sierra Madre when suddenly, "she...

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