Archive for the ‘Bears’ Category

Black bear, black bear

It turns out that shortly after we got back from Minnesota, our neighbor up north told my sister he had seen a black bear between our two cabins around that time. Then after we got home, I was going through some old issues of the Missouri Conservation magazine when I came across this article on Black Bears in Missouri.

The article is entitled “Make Way for Bearsby Francis Skalicky over at the Missouri Conservationist Magazine. Sounds like they’re getting around, which at least to me, is a good thing.

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Grizzly bear comeback

I must say, this was a nice story to read about in an age where it seems there are so many animals on the verge of extinction. Now while the story is far from over, it’s nice to see these majestic animals making a comeback.

The story is in the article entitled “Yellowstone Grizzlies May Soon Commingle with Northern Cousins” by Jim Robbins at the New York Times. Hopefully this story will continue.

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The far north

It’s one thing to head north to Minnesota but it’s another thing to talk about the far north. To read this article in the New York Times was heart breaking. The article is entitled “Polar Bears’ Path to Decline Runs Through Alaskan Village .

To me, the polar bear is one of the most majestic animals around and hopefully we figure out what to do to help them and all of the animals on this planet, including the humans. Let’s hope it happens soon!

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Animal art

Tonight I thought I would post some more pictures but, instead of ones that the kids or I have taken out on a walk, I thought I would post some that my daughter made last weekend when she was sitting around sick.

This first one is my favorite, entitled Bears:

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And this one is her favorite, entitled Fox:

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So there you have it, her first showing.

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Bears today

So while the discussions continue at to whether there were bears in the Permian age, you don’t need to go to far to see that bears today are in trouble as well. Be it polar bears in the Arctic, the grizzlies in the United States and brown bears in Europe.

Of course, when I came across this article, it only broke my heart even more. It seems that over in the Pyrenees Mountains, humans have been trying to replenish a brown bear population on the verge of extinction and unfortunately, trouble is brewing.

This according to the article entitled Pyros the Bear, Brought to Replenish the Pyrenees’ Ursine Population, May Have Been Too Successful: The Pyrenees now have little genetic diversity” by Matt Moffett over at the Wall Street Journal. What a tragedy.

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Bears over time

Okay, I’ll admit it, I had no idea what the word Permian meant when I came across this article but, now I know. According to dictionary.com website, it means the following:

Geology. noting or pertaining to a period of the Paleozoic Era occurring from about 230 million years ago and characterized by a profusion of amphibian species

With that, we have this article on bears in the Permian age entitled what else but “Bears in the Permian: Because biogeography happen” by Darren Naish over at the Scientific Americanblog Tetrapod Zoology. So there were bears in the Permian (or as my kids would say) or were there?

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North and south, south and north

For the first time, scientist have witnessed polar bears eating white-nosed dolphins. With less ice up in the arctic region, dolphins are migrating farther north while seals (the main source of polar bears diet) are moving farther south. The result, polar bears are hunting dolphins.

You can read all about it in the article “Global warming causes polar bears to eat dolphins” by at GrindTV. There is also a link to a study in Polar Research Journal by the Norwegian Polar Institute. Climate change.

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