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Just a raccoon out frogging:

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And this little creature:

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These are rainforest wolves from the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.

Both bears and wolves eat salmon on their yearly runs.

And it’s also in this area where you can find “white” black bears.

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It’s not often you get to see predation at the zoo, but here it is!


This is an Asiatic black bear, which actually might catch a peacock in the wild.

This was not planned.  I don’t think any zoo wants its visitors see the bird flapping about in its death throes.


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From the CBC:

Autopsy results have confirmed that a bear attack killed a well-known elder in the Xaxli’p First Nation whose remains were found last week near Lillooet, B.C.

After Bernice Evelyn Adolph had been reported missing, police dogs found her remains on Thursday near her remote property about 175 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.

There was evidence that Adolph, 72, had been partially consumed by bears, but before the autopsy, police were not sure how she died.

“After reviewing the autopsy results, evidence from the scene, and expertise and information provided by conservation officers, the B.C. Coroners Service was able to confirm a bear attack as the cause of her death,” spokesman Mark Coleman said in a release on Tuesday.

Coleman said no decision about an inquest had been made.

Conservation officers killed four bears Sunday that matched the description of the animal that had fed on the woman.

Samples from the bears were sent to Edmonton for DNA testing to determine which bears were involved in the attack.

Adolph had complained to conservation authorities about bears on her property.

Investigators found evidence that bears had tried to enter her house.

While contact between black bears and humans is common, even in Metro Vancouver, the animals tend to fear humans and fatal attacks are rare.

Two people have died in black bear attacks in B.C. since 2000.

American black bears are generally not dangerous. Normally, if you see one, it is its black behind charging into the undergrowth or up a tree.

I wonder if these bears had been fed and learned to enter homes .  That is normally what causes a black bear to lose its fear of man and possibly attack.

In some part of Canada and the US, bears are baited in to be shot. This is illegal in British Columbia, so it is unlikely that the bear learned to associate people with food from hunters.

However, there are bears, mostly large males, that develop really solid predation skills. They eat a lot of moose calves during the spring, and it is not a large leap from taking moose calves to attacking people.

Where I live, the bears generally avoid people at all costs. Everyone is armed to the teeth. There is a regulated bear season. And the bears know in no uncertain terms that people = death.

I’m sure that people living in the wilds of BC are similar, but it may be the moose calf factor that makes a difference.

We don’t have moose here, so there are no calves for the bears to bother. If the bears get any meat at all, it’s almost always a sheep or a hog– one reason why there aren’t too many sheep farms in West Virginia.

It does seem a bit odd that they would kill four bears to find the real killer, but that might be the only way to be certain that they got him. My guess is it is a him and not a her. If a black bear attacks a person, it is almost always predation from a male bear. It is almost never a female defending her cubs.

Bears don’t hunt in packs, regardless of what you might read in some bad pulp outdoor fiction, so she had only one killer.

However, bears do fight over carcasses, so several bears might have eaten on her.

It’s quite a tragedy that these things happen, but one must keep it in perspective. You are far more likely to be killed by a moose or a white-tailed deer in North America than by a black bear. In my state, I don’t think a single person has been killed by a black bear, and the only attacks have been when someone has done something stupid like trying to pet a wild bear.


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The first black bear killed was in Pike County, which borders on West Virginia.

West Virginia had a record bear season this year. West Virginia has had bear season for many, many years. Every county has bears, but not every county has a season.

Kentucky has had bear season for only two years, but the one last year opened at the beginning of a major snowstorm, which meant it was hard to get out in the wood an the bear were likely going to their dens for hibernation.


The world record black bear was supposedly killed in Grant County, West Virginia, but it was actually killed in North-Central Pennsylvania– when bear season was closed in Pennsylvania.

The hunters got a West Virginia tag and checked it in at a Grant County station.

When the hide was sent to the taxidermist, an investigation began.

It ended with all three hunters being fined $800 in Pennsylvania.

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I have no idea what the mother moose is going to do, and I wish they had continued filming.

But then, it may have been too dangerous to be in an area where a bear wants to protect its food and a cow moose wants to protect her offspring.

It is more likely the latter, for cow moose are quite vicious in protecting their calves and have killed many more people and dogs than bears have.

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What’s the deal with these 1930’s movies and “the animal death match” footage?



Striped hyenas don’t laugh.

This is the noise they make when they are distressed. This one was captured in Iraq:


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