Bear Fatally Shot After Being Injured by Car On Vanderbilt

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Police say they shot and killed a bear cub that was hit by a car as it tried to cross Vanderbilt Hill Road Wednesday morning.

The bear was still alive when police arrived on scene a little after 6:34 a.m. when the call came in, but it was “gravely injured,” said Lt. David Campbell, a spokesman for the Juneau Police Department.

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“If an animal is suffering, and it’s a wild animal, then in order to ease the suffering of the animal we’ll put it down,” Campbell said in a phone interview.

The bear was killed at about 7 a.m. An official from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game recovered the bear’s body a few minutes later.

It was not immediately known what type of vehicle hit the bear, or the cause of the accident. The crash was reported to police by the person driving the vehicle, and the motorist’s identity was not released.

Neil Barten, a Fish and Game Wildlife Management Coordinator who retrieved the bear’s body, said JPD did the right thing by killing the bear by gunshot.

Barten speculated the bear had broken its back or crushed its pelvis because it was unable to walk.

The poor thing was on the road, and it was trying to crawl,” he said.

Barten said it was a male black bear cub that was brownish in colour. He estimated it weighed 75 pounds and was less than a year old.

Fish and Game has received reports that a female black bear and her three cubs — two of which were black and one that was brown — have been in the area.

Barten speculated that the brown cub was straggling behind while following its mother and siblings crossing the street when it was hit by the car.

As Barten was loading the cub’s remains into the back of his pickup truck, he said the mother and her two remaining cubs re-crossed the street and scurried back toward the hillside above Twin Lakes.

“It’s just kind of unfortunate because they were getting so close to getting to bed for the winter,” Barton said, adding that bear sightings in town will drop off in the next two weeks as the bears begin to hibernate.

Barten said about four to five bears are hit on the road each year in Juneau.

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1,000 doctors in China sign pledge against bear bile

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Raising awareness – reducing demand

Over a thousand doctors in China have signed a pledge not to prescribe bear bile to their patients. The doctors were attending the 8th Shanghai International Forum of Infection Control (SIFIC) which took place in Shandong province.

Animals Asia met with doctors at the event and provided information on the cruelty involved in the bear bile farming industry and the potential health risks of taking infected bile. We asked them to sign a pledge to no longer prescribe bear bile to patients.

Our pledge card states: 

“As a doctor, I care about the health of my patients and I sympathize with the situation of black bears. I will join Animals Asia’s “Healing without Harm” campaign, and will not prescribe bear bile products to my patients in the future.”

On learning about the cruelty to the bears and the condition of the extracted bile, the doctors expressed astonishment, having not realised the nature of the industry and the potential harm to consumers from bear bile products.

Many doctors and hospital directors are now keen to work closely with Animals Asia to present information on bear bile farming to their hospitals to spread the word to medical staff from all departments.

As part of our campaign to end the barbaric bear bile trade, we work on reducing demand – from both the public and industry-related organisations such as pharmacies and hospitals. Reducing demand for bear bile is a vital step in the campaign to end bear bile farming – bear bile products can easily be replaced by herbal or synthetic alternatives, which are cheaper, more readily available and just as effective. 

Toby Zhang, China External Affairs Director, Animals Asia commented: 

“The medical industry is devoted to helping people to be healthy, but prescribing bear bile is not only causing suffering to thousands of bears, it may also be harming the health of patients. It is greatly encouraging that doctors are signing this pledge not to prescribe bear bile in the future, and we hope this will help lead to the end of bear bile farming in China.”



Bears continue to be cruelly killed for The Queen’s Guardscaps – and we have an eye-catching, fun way for you to show your support for PETA‘s campaign to save them!

On 14 July, we will be holding a 5k walk through some of central London’s most famous locations, and we need YOU and your teddy bear to join us. PETA aims to get as many people as possible to march through the streets of London for PETA’s “Spare the Bears” event. The dress code for the walk is all black, but you’re also welcome to dress up in a bear costume!

It can take the entire hide of one Canadian black bear to make just one cap. Bears can be shot several times before they die, and some escape and bleed to death. In some Canadian provinces, there are no restrictions on the shooting of mothers who have nursing cubs, leading to the slaughter of entire families during hunts.

We need to send a clear message to the Ministry of Defence that the slaughter of wildlife for The Queen’s Guards’ ceremonial headwear is unacceptable and that the time has come for them to go fake for the bears’ sake. Don’t delay – register today, and please let your friends, family and colleagues know about the event!

To register, leave your details below, and we will be in touch throughout the run-up to the event with further details.


Wandering bear killed in Moncton

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“Why isn’t something done to protect the public & the bears from getting shot?? Surely if a town is surrounded by bear Country, can’t some sort of fencing be put up? The bears are obviously coming down for food, or are just nosy…but we can’t just continue to shoot them…that’s just the lazy option!”

Police in New Brunswick killed a black bear in downtown Moncton as it wandered through the city.

Police and officers with the province’s Natural Resources Department were called to respond when the animal was seen near the Old Garrison on John Street. Police shot the animal.

Natural Resources Department officers no longer trap or tranquilize bears when they enter urban areas.

The RCMP say encounters with wildlife are common on the out-skirts of the city, but in this instance the bear wandered into a neighbourhood near the downtown core

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Youth reportedly chase black bear in Sudbury neighbourhood

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“Like I said before, if parents don’t teach or show kids, animals, especially wild animals, should be treated with respect & kindness…there will be trouble. My next post will probably be ‘Child mauled by bear is shot dead’…& whose fault will it be? certainly not the bears!!”

A Staff Sergeant with the Sudbury police said his fingers couldn’t type fast enough Friday morning after a report that youth in the Burton and Cabot Street area of Sudbury were seen provoking and chasing a black bear.

Staff Sergeant John McCormick said he doesn’t know how old the children were, based on the complaint, but he wants parents and teachers to talk to kids about this as soon as possible.

“We wanted to get this out the media as quickly as we could so that hopefully parents … will be listening to this and they’ll have a frank conversation with their kids where they explain the dangers of children … approaching any wildlife,” McCormick said.

But one witness reported adults were there, too, and no one stopped the youngsters.

Zakk Vachon said he was visiting a friend on Cabot Street in Cambrian Heights when they saw the bear out the window around 9 a.m.

He said he saw about five or six kids following the animal — and several adults as well.

Vachon said the youth appeared to be mostly between the ages of five and eight.

“The kids were following it around, like trying to tease it and like play with the bear,” Vachon said. “Just like, ‘Look a bear! Let’s pet the bear!'”

Vachon said adults were taking pictures and videos of the animal. He said the bear seemed undisturbed by the attention, and eventually wandered back in to the bush.

McCormick noted that the bear has been seen periodically around the houses and on the street in that area of the city.

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Bear killed in Burlington

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Halton police shot and killed a black bear in a Burlington park Wednesday after the animal was seen wandering close to peoples’ homes.

“Prevention is better than cure! You would think any Town that is surrounded by Bear Country, would have all the necessary departments & options in place, to quickly handle any stray bears, but apparently not…so they just shoot them instead!!” 

Halton Regional Police search for a black bear in Mountainside Park in Burlington Wednesday, May 17, 2012. (DAVID RITCHIE photo)

Residents reported seeing the 400-pound animal lumbering in Mountainside Park in the Mountain Rd. and Queen Elizabeth Way area around 10 a.m.

And while police reportedly called the Ministry of Natural Resources for help, officers were forced to shoot the animal after realizing help was unavailable.

“We do not have tranquillizer guns or that capability, nor are we trained to (use) them,” said Halton Regional Police spokesman Sgt. Dave Cross.

“Our officers do not relish having to dispatch an animal, but our options were extremely limited,” Cross added in a statement. “Why do they use the word ‘dispatch’ because using the word Kill, upsets people!”

It has also been reported that City of Burlington Animal Control was also contacted, but those at animal control claimed to not be adequately equipped to deal with the situation. “Well if Animal Control don’t have the equipment to deal with a case like this, why are they called animal Control?? How stupid!”

The bear, an adult male, reportedly had at one point ventured within nine metres of a house.

Ministry of Natural Resources told police it would be time consuming – and risky – to try and immobilize then relocate the bear themselves. “Oh, so they shot it because they didn’t have time to do the right thing!”

Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle reportedly said earlier this week that the ministry would no longer tranquilize and relocate wild bears, adding that bears were returning to the same areas despite the effort. “Well they are not taking them far enough away, the only reason the bears would come down is for food!”

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Black bear reportedly attacks Canadian man in backyard hot tub

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“How stupid, to have a hot tub in a back garden/forest, surrounded with Black Bears is just asking for trouble, why wasn’t his back yard protected with a fence of some kind.  Humans are encroaching evermore on their territory; yet the poor bears pay the price when humans do irresponsible things!”

A black bear reportedly attacked a Canadian man who was soaking in his backyard hot tub on Sunday.

The 55-year-old Coquitlam man, who was not identified, was in the hot tub with his back to the forest when he was struck in the head by the animal, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

The man then yelled at the bear, which was later shot and killed by police in Whistler, British Columbia.

When the man turned around to investigate, he found himself face-to-face with a male black bear, Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair told the website.

A necropsy will be completed to determine motivation for the attack. The man was treated for minor lacerations and was released.

Click here for more from CBC News.

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Cantonment Bear Is Euthanized – Humans Fault

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“Was it too much to ask to tranquilize the bear & take it deep into a forest, where he wouldn’t encounter humans? Killing him because he is hungry is no justification! For goodness sake folks, don’t feed bears…your literally killing them!”

The black bear seen multiple times this week near Jim Allen Elementary School in Cantonment has been euthanized.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission captured the bear after shooting it with a drugged dart late Thurday near the Wild Oak Farm Apartments. On Friday, a decision was made to euthanize the young male bear, Karen Parker, a spokesperson for the FWC, said Friday afternoon.

“It’s death warrant was signed by the people that kept feeding it,” she said. “It is too accustom to people now and would always be a nuisance if relocated. It looks like we will have to put it down.”

The biggest mistake people can make around a bear is feeding it, Flowers said. “I know they are cute and it’s tempting, but we have to leave bears alone and keep bears wild.”

For more information why FWC decided to euthanize the bear, click here.

The young male black bear was spotted in a couple of locations Thursday, including an afternoon snack from the garbage at the Wild Oak Farms Apartments. He made his first public appearance back on Sunday at the apartments, just north of the Grocery Advantage on Highway 29 and directly adjacent to Jim Allen Elementary School.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set a trap Thursday for the bear — baited with trash, honey buns, chicken bones and cat food. But the trap did not work.

Most apartment complex residents have described the bear as a friendly young fellow as he moves around — often posing for pictures as he rummages through trash looking for food.

“Problems arise when bears have access to people-related food sources such as pet foods, garbage, barbecue grills, birdseed or livestock feed,” Dave Telesco, FWC bear management program coordinator, said. “Bears learn very quickly to associate people with food, and this puts the animals at increased risk of illegal kills or crossing highways and getting hit by vehicles.”

Black bears normally are too shy to risk contact with humans, but their strong food drive can overwhelm these instincts. Residents can help these bears “move on,” so they don’t cause a conflict.

“If people remove the attractants, the bears will stay where we want them to stay – in wooded areas – and not enter urban and suburban neighborhoods,” Telesco said.

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Black Bear Shot And Killed In Burlington, Man Arrested

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Cory Maitz accused of shooting bear after it enters his garage, then goes in his back yard. Neighbors nearby see bear enter their yard, lay down, and die.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers from D.E.E.P.’s Environmental Conservation Police  responded to 4 Cobblestone Road in Burlington to investigate the report of a possible shooting of a Black Bear.

The resident from that address contacted the Connecticut State Police reporting that they heard two gunshots then saw a black bear come into their yard and lay down,  Upon arrival, EnCon officers found the black bear, a male weighing approximately 460 pounds, was dead and had been shot.

A black bear was shot and killed in Burlington, CT Tuesday morning. Cory Maitz was arrested and charged with the killing. Credit DEEP

The investigation lead to the arrest of Cory J Maitz,  42, of 6 Cobblestone Road,  Burlington, on charges of Illegally Killing a Black Bear, a misdemeanor and Criminal Possession of a Pistol, a Class D felony.

Maitz allegedly shot the Black Bear with a pistol after it he had seen it enter his garage then go into his back yard.

The bear and firearm were seized as evidence and are being held pending court action. Maitz was released on a promise to appear at Bristol Superior Court (GA 17) on June 04, 2012.

The DEEP provides the following advice if you see a bear:

  • Enjoy it from a distance.
  • Advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms or walk slowly away.
  • Never attempt to feed or attract bears.
  • Report bear sightings to the Wildlife Division, at (860) 675-8130.

State DEEP officials say black bear sightings continue to increase in Connecticut:

As Connecticut’s bear population continues to increase, more bears, particularly young bears, will be seen near residential areas. The DEP’s response will depend on the specifics of each bear situation. The mere presence of a bear does not necessitate its removal. In most cases, if left alone, the bear will make its way to a more natural habitat. Removing food attractants, such as bird feeders, reduces the chance that bears will go near homes.

In the past year, eight black bears have been reported in Madison, five in Killingworth, and six in Guilford. For a complete list of black bear sightings over the past year, see this Reports of Black Bear Activity in Connecticut May 17, 2011 to May 15, 2012.

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