Photo sequence of a bear vs. a cow herd
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Western Ranchers have to deal with a lot of wildlife interaction in their widespread range operations.  Western livestock tend to suffer more predation than their eastern and more concentrated counterparts closer to civilization.  As a result these Western cows tend to be more protective of their young. 

One Wildlife Society Bulletin documented 851 cases of Black Bear predation on livestock from 1974-1979.  81% of those were on Cattle.  The majority of black bear kills are calves. 

Texas A&M extention makes this statement on their Bear Predation Page:

Predation by black bears on livestock is most common in spring and summer. Limited food sources in early spring and failures of wild berry and nut crops during summer months are probably major contributing factors…

Black bears will attack adult cattle and horses but seem to prefer sheep, goats, calves and pigs. They may break the neck or back of prey with blows from the paws, but normally they kill by biting the neck and shoulders. Claw marks are frequently found on the neck, back and shoulders of these larger animals. Multiple kills of sheep and goats are relatively common, possibly because they are easy prey.

Whether by accident or design, bears have been known to frighten livestock herds over cliffs, causing injuries and death to many animals.

One Rancher in British Columbia saw first hand how cattle that have suffered predation loss from bears will become very protective, especially of their calves.   a thirteen photo sequence documented the encounter

A couple of evenings ago, Wayne went out to check the cows and saw a very strange sight and was able to photograph the event. A black bear approached our cow herd which turned out to be a very big mistake on his part. (more…)
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DURANGO, Colo. – Colorado Division of Wildlife officers shot and killed a bear early Saturday morning that bit a man near the Animas River in Durango.

The victim reported he was sleeping outside when he was bitten by a bear through his blanket at about 2:30 a.m. He received a minor wound during the attack and was able to escape the bear by entering into a nearby building.

Officers from the DOW and the U.S. Department of Agriculture responded immediately with tracking dogs, which led officers directly to a male bear approximately three blocks from where the incident took place. DOW officers shot and killed the animal. The bear carcass was identified by several people who witnessed the incident as the bear that bit the man.

“A bear that bites a person – or loses its fear of people may be a serious threat to public safety,” said Patt Dorsey, area wildlife manager for the DOW in Durango. “In the interest of public safety, we chose to remove this animal as quickly as possible.”

The carcass of the bear that was killed by DOW officers underwent a necropsy at Colorado State University. The stomach contents of the bear demonstrated that the bear was using human-provided food sources. This is almost always the case with bears involved in human conflicts. A package of hamburger and an ice cream-container were found in the bear’s stomach.

There are several transient camps in the area of Durango where the attack occurred. These camps can attract bears due to easy access to trash and food.

The DOW reminds Colorado residents that bears easily habituate to human sources of food and that habituated bears may become aggressive. People living in or visiting bear country are urged to eliminate access to all food sources, to take appropriate measures to secure doors and windows in their homes and to report encounters with aggressive bears.

Most bears sighted in residential areas within bear habitat do not cause damage. If a bear does not find food, it usually moves on.

For more information on bear proofing your home and techniques for deterring bears in your neighborhood, visit

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BAILEY, Colo. – A 51 year-old Bailey man who discovered a bear in his home early Thursday morning suffered bite wounds when he approached the animal in his basement in an effort to make it leave. The 320-pound male bear was later shot and killed.

According to wildlife officers, the family heard sounds in their kitchen soon after midnight on Thursday morning and quickly determined that a bear had entered the home. The homeowner attempted to monitor the bear’s whereabouts and was bit as the bear tried to get past him.

Responding alongside deputies from the Park County Sheriff’s Office, a Division of Wildlife Officer located the bear outside the home and killed it.

“The instructions we give our Wildlife Officers is clear – public safety is our first priority,” said Reid DeWalt, Area Wildlife Manager. “Bears that enter homes are a threat to public safety. When we’re dealing with aggressive or habituated wildlife, people come first.”

The victim was taken to Swedish Medical Center in Littleton and released early this morning.

Most conflicts between people and bears involve some sort of food source. In this case, wildlife officers said the door to a garage containing accessible trash and a refrigerator was open. In addition, officers reported that the door from the garage into the home appeared to be not latching correctly. The DOW reminds Colorado residents that bears can smell food from miles away, be it birdfeed, pet food, a greasy barbeque grill grate or accessible refuse and that bears which become habitatuated to people will seek such food sources out.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife recommends the following:

If a wild animal enters your home, leave and call for help. Animals who feel cornered or threatened are a threat to humans or pets.

Make your property safe by keeping garbage out of reach and smell of bears. Use bear-proof trash containers. Be sure garbage cans are emptied regularly. Periodically clean garbage cans to reduce residual odor—using hot water and chlorine bleach, or by burning trash residue in cans. Store trash in a bear proof enclosure. Contact the Division of Wildlife for designs.

Lock all ground-level windows and doors. Bears are smart—when they learn that homes contain food, they may try to enter.

If you have pets, do not store their food or feed them outside. Clean your BBQ grill of grease and store inside. Hang bird seed, suet and hummingbird feeders on a wire between trees instead of on your deck or porch. Bring all bird feeders in at night. Do not put fruit, melon rinds and other tasty items in mulch or compost piles.

Most bears sighted in residential areas within bear habitat do not cause any damage. If a bear doesn’t find abundant food, it will move on.

Aggressive bear attacks are rare, but encounters such as this one have increased as Colorado’s population grows. The bear population has not increased, but the number of people living, working and recreating in bear country has.

There are no definite rules about what to do if you meet a bear. In most cases, bears avoid confrontations with people.

Here are some suggestions if you see a bear:

–Stay calm. If you see a bear and it has not seen you, calmly leave the area. As you move away, make noise to let the bear discover your presence.

–Stop. Back away slowly while facing the bear. Avoid direct eye contact, as bears may perceive this as a threat.

–Give the bear plenty of room to escape. Bears rarely attack people unless they feel threatened or provoked.

–Do not run. If on a trail, step off the trail on the downhill side and slowly move away. Do not run or make any sudden movements. Running is likely to prompt the bear to give chase, and you cannot outrun a bear.

–Speak softly. This may reassure the bear that you mean it no harm. Try not to show fear.

–If a black bear attacks you, use tools such as rocks, sticks, binoculars and even their bare hands to defend yourself. Aim for the nose or eyes if possible.

For more information on bear proofing your home and other ways to deter bears in your neighborhood, visit

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:

Mountain Lion Kill caught on tape
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The following footage has some strong language in it. However I think it illustrates that nature can be pretty harsh itself. I think if more people were to witness predators “doing their job” then society might appreciate human hunters more.

VIDEO Elk vs. Cars
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While John is pursuing Colorado Pronghorn, he left a few stories that you might find enjoyable. He will be back on the 22nd.

Wanna know why elk hunters get so charged up calling bugling bull elk? Check out this video to see what Bull elk do when their hormonal hysteria comes out in the suburbs.

Unlikely Pair
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While John is pursuing Colorado Pronghorn, he left a few stories that you might find enjoyable. He will be back on the 22nd.

Now most people might be surprised that hunters are pretty tender hearted when it comes to young critters.  I don’t know anyone who hunts that wouldn’t smile about this story of an unlikely pair rescued during the fires in Southern California. 

More than likely these young ‘uns will go into a captivity program and not be released into the wild.  The lack of parents and contact with humans would probably be detrimental to their survival in the wild.  But if i am wrong…let me know!


The Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara, CA this year caused these two to take shelter together. The fawn is about 3 days old and the bobcat about 3 weeks.

They immediately bonded and snuggled together under a desk in the Santa Barbara County Dispatch Office for several hours.
Animal Planet is reporting the bobcat kitten was rescued near Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ranch, where it was dehydrated and near death.

They rescued the fawn during the wildfire. Although wild animals, especially of separate species, are never placed together due to regulations, in this emergency situation, they had no choice. During the mayhem of the fire, they were forced to put animals anywhere they could, since they had run out of crates large enough for the fawn. The kitten ran to the fawn, and it was instant bonding.


Cougar Captured in Seattle
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You don’t think of it much, but the pacific Northwest is home to a number of cougars. In fact Vancouver Island has one of the highest densities of mountain lions that prey on the abumdant deer in the Temperate Rain Forest.
I came across a story about one cat who got a little too close to a popuulated area in Seattle.

SEATTLE – A cougar that prowled through Seattle for about a week and forced the closure of Discovery Park was captured early Sunday.

An enforcement officer tracked the animal after authorities were told the cougar had been spotted Saturday evening.

Tracking dogs chased the cougar up a tree and he was tranquilized.

The 2 1/2-year-old male weighed 140 pounds and is in very good health, Capt. Bill Hebner said.

read the rest of the story at the KREM Channel 2 news website.

Idaho F & G euthanizes black bear for human safety
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A black bear that had become accustomed to being around people and eating human related foods, such as bird seed and garbage, was euthanized by biologists on August 23.

The 10- to 12-year-old female bear had been trapped the previous day after it had shown a total loss of fear of people and had made numerous appearances at cabins in the Mack’s Inn area of Island Park.

The bear began its downward spiral when it was trapped by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks in a campground in the Big Hole area of Montana. It was released in the Northern Centennial Mountains in Montana and worked its way over to Island Park. Numerous reports of the bear amongst human dwellings came in throughout July and August.

On August 13, the bear was positively placed in the Mack’s Inn neighborhood and paid subsequent visits to unprotect trash in the North Fork Subdivision area. On August 22, the bear appeared to become even less afraid of humans and was reported going through bird feeders and getting onto cabin decks in the area.

When bear biologists encountered the animal, it climbed a pine tree. The biologists placed three snares at the base of the tree. When they moved away, the bear climbed down and was caught in one of the snares.

The biologists then tranquilized the bear and placed it in a culvert trailer trap for security and transport. Because the bear was sporting numbered ear tags, biologists were able to establish its history in Montana.

The bear’s current behavior, coupled with its past relocation, meant that few options existed for the bear in the wild. Because it had shown no fear of humans, biologists could not guarantee human safety if the bear were released.

It is clear that repeated exposure to human related food was the reason this bear had to be put to death. Bear management agencies have an ongoing education program in the Island Park area, but it is ultimately the responsibility of individuals in the area to help prevent problems.

To learn more about living with bears visit

In an attempt to salvage some benefit from this situation, the hide from this bear will be used as part of a bear education trailer that is being developed to educate the public about living and recreating safely in bear country.

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ASPEN, Colo. – The Colorado Division of Wildlife is investigating a bear attack that injured an Aspen homeowner in her home Monday night. DOW officials are currently attempting to capture the bear in order to euthanize it.

“A person certainly has a right to feel safe in their own home,” said Perry Will, DOW Area Wildlife Manager. “This was an unprovoked attack and, if located, the offending bear will be put down. Bears that break into secured homes and bears that are aggressive towards people are too dangerous to relocate.”

At approximately 10:10 p.m. the woman had gone to the main floor of the home in the western part of the city to work in her home office. As she passed through the entry way of the home, she reported that her small dog began barking frantically and she was suddenly confronted by a large bear. The woman screamed and turned to open the front door to get the bear out of the house, but the bear struck the woman leaving lacerations on her back and chest. The homeowner was able to flee to the upstairs bedroom and call 9-1-1. The bear remained in the home for a short time but left as police responded.

Division of Wildlife officers arrived a short time later and began the efforts to locate the bear. Initial investigation indicates that the bear gained entry to the home by physically forcing open a pair of unlocked French doors. Wildlife officers found no bear attractants around the property that might have guided the offending bear to the location.

Based on the description of the bear and the method of entry, DOW officers believe that the same bear may be responsible for several other home entries and attempted break-ins in the area.

“Most of these cases start with bears getting into a home through an open door or window,” explained Will. “Once they get in and are rewarded by finding food, it is fairly easy for these powerful animals to force their way into other homes in search of food.”

DOW and Aspen officials have been urging area resident to keep doors and windows locked this summer to minimize bear problems in the community. Residents and visitors have also been barraged with a stream of messages about trash, pet food, birdfeeders and other potential bear attractants.

Wildlife officers who have examined area natural food sources are reporting some discouraging findings. The moist spring may have been too moist in some areas and appears to have lead to some plant health issues. Damaged berry crops and localized crop failures have been observed, as has the presence of some form of plant ‘rust’ and some kind of fungus or mold, which impairs productivity. Wildlife officials are reaching out to plant ecologists to determine the cause and extent of damage to natural food sources.

Despite these localized food failures, there do appear to be other areas where berry crops are in good shape; however bears may be spending less time looking for those areas when human food sources are readily available.

In addition, the onset of cooler weather may signal that challenges for residents in bear areas may get worse before they get better, said Kevin Wright, DOW District Wildlife Manager for the Aspen area.

“In the past few days, we’ve seen temperatures dropping during the night,” Wright said. “These cooler temperatures will signal bears to increase their calorie intake and prepare for hibernation.”

As winter approaches, bears are compelled to gorge themselves, a condition known as hyperphagia. During this period bears will feed for approximately 20 hours each day. An average black bear will consume approximately 20,000 calories each day in an effort to put on considerable body fat to survive winter hibernation.

“The Division of Wildlife implores residents in Colorado’s high country take bear precautions seriously,” Will said. “The DOW does not want to put down bears, but we absolutely will if it is required to protect public safety. If everyone helps out by properly securing their trash, keeping doors and windows secure, feeding pets indoors and taking down birdfeeders, it will give bears the incentive to seek out available natural food sources outside of town.”

Bear who bit Idaho hunter located
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From the Idaho Fish and game News release:

DNA is a powerful tool.

Preliminary results of saliva from one of the bite marks where a female grizzly bear bit a hunter on June 28 returned a match to a radio-collared grizzly with three cubs.

The hunter was one of three eastern Idaho black bear hunters who got an unpleasant surprise on the morning of June 28 when their hounds surrounded a female grizzly with cubs.

The bear took after the hunters, knocked down Keith Klingler, 38 of Idaho Falls, bit him on the right arm and tossed him around. His brother, Eric Klingler dug his .44-caliber Magnum handgun out of his pack and took a shot at the bear, deliberately firing high to avoid hitting his brother.

He may have missed or only inflicted a flesh wound. A scheduled Idaho Fish and Game grizzly bear monitoring flight in early July in the same area located the collared bear and her three young cubs. All four appeared fine, said Daryl Meints, regional wildlife manager for the Upper Snake Region of Idaho Fish and Game.

Keith Klingler was treated at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg for lacerations to his right arm. He had no other apparent injuries.

The Klingler brothers and Corey Raichart, all three from the Idaho Falls area, were hunting black bears with hounds on Bishop Mountain near Harriman State Park. They released their hounds on a scent, and the dogs soon surrounded what the men thought was a black bear. When they arrived, they quickly realized they had a grizzly.

The hunters reported seeing two cubs with the female grizzly. None of them noticed whether the bear was wearing a radio-collar.

Fish and Game officials will continue weekly monitoring from the air, but they do not plan to track the bear on the ground unless they get a mortality signal. Officials also recommend that anyone heading into the backcountry carry bear spray.

Infolinks 2013