Sloth bear of Mysore: The Sloth bear of Mysore was an unusually aggressive Indian sloth bear responsible for the deaths of at least 12 people, and the mauling of two dozen others. It was killed by Kenneth Anderson, who described it in his memoirs Man-Eaters and Jungle Killers:
“[Sloth] Bears, as a rule, are excitable but generally harmless creatures. This particular bear carried the mark of Cain, in that he had become the wanton and deliberate murderer of several men, whom he had done death in most terrible fashion, without provocation”
Newfoundland Polar Bear Attack: Animal Shot Dead After Attacking Homes, Livestock GOOSE COVE, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, - Fifty-five-year-old Louis Reardon got the shock of his life early Thursday when he leapt out of bed to his son's cries of "Polar bear!" as a large male bear broke into their home in northern Newfoundland.
"He had the door busted open to the dining room with his two front paws and his head in through the door," Reardon said from tiny Goose Cove, just south of St. Anthony, N.L.
"I mean, it frightened the wits right clean out of me, to be that close to a polar bear."
Reardon's son Damien, 29, had heard a ruckus and flicked on the light to discover the animal. Polar bears are notoriously aggressive when cornered, and Damien slammed on a table trying to frighten the intruder as his father raced for a shotgun.
"A polar bear doesn't usually back down," Louis Reardon said. "If he came in the house, God knows what he would have done before he went out."
His other son, his daughter, her three young children and her boyfriend had all been sleeping when the commotion started just after 4 a.m.
Louis Reardon said the bear was starting to retreat and he fired two shots over its head to frighten it. He didn't want to risk wounding it and have it come back furious at him, he explained.
"I just fired over his head to drive him away. You don't take chances on stuff like that."
His cousin, Daniel Reardon, said he was called soon after by wildlife officers who were trying to find Louis Reardon's house.
He said the bear beat in doors and broke windows at three other homes, and killed some sheep and ducks at a nearby stable without stopping to eat.
"It seemed like it was killing for the sake of killing. It wasn't hungry."
At one home, the bear "just broke the windows out of each side of the house and went on," he said. "It seemed like he was in a bad mood."
Local RCMP say wildlife officers shot the bear, which witnesses estimate weighed at least 300 pounds or 135 kilograms.
Louis Reardon said polar bears are occasionally spotted as they travel through the region, but he'd never heard of a similar attack.
"Not like that, in my whole life," he said. "It was pretty frightening. What was on my mind was the little kids in the house."
Swedish farmer shoots and kills cow-eating bear A farmer in western Sweden recently shot a bear dead after it attacked his cattle for the second time in one week. The farmer, from Lekvattnet, near Torby, had already lost one of his calves to the hungry bear, which had most likely just woken from its winter hibernation.
“On Sunday night the bear took a calf from me,” said the farmer to the Jakt och Jägare hunting magazine.
“I noticed the bear just outside the paddock where he was standing and eating something.”
The farmer claims to have walked away to avoid disturbing the animal while he was eating, fearing it might attack him too.
When the farmer’s noticed his cattle acting strangely again on Tuesday night, he took action, fetching his gun to shoot the bear.
Per Larsson of the Värmland county council was among the first on the scene among the confused cattle after the incident.
“Some of them were due to give birth at any time. The cows weren’t the least bit scared of the bear, but stood and glared at it,” said Larsson to the Aftonbladet newspaper.
The farmer waited for the opportune time before firing a shot at the bear.
“The bear was on the way toward the cows and when it was 15 metres away I took my shot,” he told the Jakt och Jägare hunting magazine.
The bear was hit directly by the shot, and ran towards a fence where it dropped dead.
The Torsby police were called to the scene and they hauled the 138 kilogramme bear to the local police station.
Police quickly opened an investigation to determine whether the farmer was in violation of hunting laws.
It has since been decided that he was within his rights to kill the bear as his livestock were threatened, wrote the paper. www.thelocal.se/40420/20120423/
Bear JJ1 Bear JJ1 (2004 – 26 June 2006) was a brown bear whose travels and exploits in Austria and Germany in the first half of 2006 drew international attention. JJ1, also known as Bruno in the German press (some newspapers also gave the bear different names, such as Beppo or Petzi), is believed to have been the first brown bear on German soil in 170 years.
Previously, the last sighting of a bear in what is now Germany was recorded in 1838 when hunters shot a bear in Bavaria. Initially heralded as a welcome visitor and a symbol of the success of endangered species reintroduction programs, his dietary preferences for sheep, chickens, and beehives led government officials to believe that he could become a threat to humans, and they ordered that he be shot or captured.
The stuffed body of JJ1 on display at the Museum of Man and Nature in Munich Public objection to the destruction order resulted in its revision, and the German government tried to use non-lethal means to sedate and capture the bear.
JJ1 was described as bloodthirsty, clever, and fast. Bavarian prime minister Edmund Stoiber referred to him as a Problembär ("problem bear"). Farmers claimed the bear "enjoyed killing," because he typically killed sheep without eating them. This behavior, common among predators, was construed as being caused by interaction with people.
As of 21 June 2006, his kills included 33 sheep, four domestic rabbits, one guinea pig, as well as some hens and goats. Further concern was expressed due to the proximity of the bear's preferred prey to humans.
Purportedly, several attempts were made to catch Bruno alive, assisted by a team of Finnish bear hunters using five dogs (which were described in the press as either Karelian Bear Dogs or Elkhounds). The attempts failed, and JJ1 was shot at Rotwand mountain (see Miesbach (district)) near Lake Spitzingsee in southern Bavaria in the early morning of 26 June.
The satirical magazine Private Eye reported in early July that Bruno was part of an EU-funded €1 million conservation project in Italy. A spokesman said that there had been "co-ordination" between Italy, Austria and Slovenia to ensure the bear's welfare but apparently Germany had not been informed.
The Life Ursus reintroduction project of the Italian province of Trento had introduced 10 Slovenian bears in the region monitoring them. JJ1 was the first son of Jurka and Joze (thus the name JJ1), JJ3 the younger brother also showed an aggressive character and wandered in Switzerland in 2008 and was killed there. Because of this second problem the mother Jurka was put in captivity in Italy among protests of the environmentalists, authorities of the park maintained that 50% of the incidents involving bears had been caused by Jurka or her descendant. Bruno has become a subject of diplomatic strife. The Italian government in Rome has declared Bruno state property of Italy, and is demanding his return. The Bavarian government where Bruno was shot dead refused, claiming a carcass on German land is theirs to keep. JJ1 has been stuffed, and is currently on display at the Museum of Man and Nature in Munich.
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Bears don't venture into Germany often, but a slew of sightings in Switzerland have many concerned that one is on the way. The two-year-old mammal has been spotted wandering along village roads, feasting on honey and leaving colonies of dead bees in its wake. Will it meet the same fate as Bruno?
"Crap, it's a bear!" the 12-year-old son of a German Green Party politician cried last Saturday as he strolled with his parents through the picturesque Alpine village of Scuol in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, where the family was on holiday. "The bear was standing in the middle of the road, only about 50 meters away," the boy's father, Gerd Hickman, told Swiss tabloid Blick.
The sighting was just one of many reported since the two-year-old mammal, who is purported to have wandered in from Italy, entered the country some days ago. And reports that the bear, dubbed M13 by the authorities, may be heading north have many in Germany playing close attention. While bear sightings aren't uncommon in Switzerland, in Germany they are decidedly rare and treated with particular gravitas.
Indeed, in 2006 authorities shot and killed Bruno, a bear who became a celebrity after spending several weeks wandering around the Alps of southern Germany. He barged his way into the headlines by killing several sheep and other livestock -- including a young girl's guinea pig -- and even napping outside a police station before finally being cornered.
Bruno's fate was ultimately sealed by his apparent lack of fear of humans, leading the Bavarian governor at the time, Edmund Stoiber, to dub him a "problem bear." Worryingly, M13 is exhibiting similar traits.
Karl Andersag, a Graubünden beekeeper, has had to install an electric fence around his hives after suffering two attacks on his honey harvest, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of his bees. "The bear will come again," he told Blick.
Another family traveling south of Scuol managed to capture a video of the brown bear as it rummaged through woodland just 20 meters away from their car. The animal appeared unperturbed by the presence of humans and made its way leisurely through the forest.
Mario Riatsch, who shot the film, told Swiss daily Le Matin that his mobile phone hasn't stopped ringing since and that he would think twice about sending videos to the media again. Still, his footage revealed that the bear, dubbed M13, had a yellow tag clamped to its right ear, indicating that it had at some point been registered.
Wanderlust Might Extend to Germany
Concerns that the animal might be heading for Germany come from a sighting reported on Wednesday in Nauders, Austria of a bear heading north. While it remains unclear whether it was M13 or not, German authorities are no doubt eager to avoid of the public outcry following the shooting of Bruno -- which occurred just as the world had its attention focused on Germany during that year's World Cup.
So far, the gender of M13 has not been determined. Male bears tend to travel widely in search of food and a mate while females prefer to live a more settled life. Urine and feces tests are currently underway to determine if multiple bears may be involved.
The perceived threat of a bear generally relates to how close it comes to the places where people live. In 2008, Swiss authorities shot a bear, known as JJ3, who was considered dangerous because he showed no fear of humans. One can only hope that M13 begins to shy away from the public gaze so that he does not meet the same fate
Problem bear killed by authorities A bear has been shot in eastern Switzerland after repeatedly entering populated areas of canton Graubünden. The bear, known as JJ3, was killed on Monday after attempts to frighten it away failed in recent weeks, the environment ministry announced.
The bear did not show any fear and had become a danger to the population, a spokesman added.
JJ3 caused problems last year, destroying rubbish bins around the Lenzerheide resort and in the Albula valley. The cantonal government decided it would be killed if it moved into populated areas again.
Switzerland's "Bear Strategy" maintains that bears and humans can co-exist peacefully but enables regional authorities to act if public safety is threatened.
(Edmonton) The ranchland near the southwestern Alberta town of Pincher Creek is a hot zone for grizzly bear encounters, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta.
The research, led by former U of A graduate student Joe Northrup, mapped the locations of 303 grizzly bear encounters over the last 10 years. There were no human fatalities, even though the vast majority of the encounters happened on private ranch land.
The researchers had strict guidelines for measuring a grizzly bear encounter. “We didn’t count sightings of bears by back-country hikers,” said Northrup. “We only documented encounters where the bear approached people and there was a potential threat to the person or their property.”
The researchers also surveyed the sites of bear encounters on or near private land and came up with a property description with high potential for trouble in the Pincher Creek area. “Our research showed that a ranch house on a quarter section lined with trees and close to a river bed has a high potential for problems,” said Northrup. He added that river beds coming down from the mountains are a popular transportation route for bears.
By far the biggest attractant for grizzly bears in the ranchland area is dead cattle, which Northrup says can be a complicated hazard. “Ranchers need permits to remove dead cattle because of health restrictions to control Mad Cow disease,” said Northrup, adding that permits can be time consuming and often ineffective. “The land fill has to be able to accept dead cattle, and the Pincher Creek dump doesn’t have that kind of permit.”
The solution lies with the human element, said Northrup. “When wolves threaten cattle, ranchers can shoot at them, but there is no shooting grizzly bears in this area,” said Northrup. “We have to find solutions like bear-proof bins for dead cattle to replace the old-style bone yards that are still in use.”
J.C. Coulter inspects a shed that was torn apart by a grizzly bear at Star Meadows near Elk Mountain recently. - Photo courtesy of Jeannette Aquino.
By Dillon Tabish, 11-24-11
A rash of grizzly bear incidents in Northwest Montana has led to one of the busiest years ever involving captures and relocations, according to Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
FWP has made 43 grizzly bear captures in Region 1 because of problem incidents this year, one of the highest numbers ever, according to FWP.
“This valley is a real grizzly hot spot,” FWP spokesperson John Fraley said.
Six grizzlies have had to be euthanized in recent months and one has been transferred to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone following problems, Fraley said.
Fraley attributes the increase in numbers to the fact that the grizzly population has recovered in the Northern Rockies in recent years, with an estimated 1,000 bears living in the region.
Because of that, FWP has seen an increase in incidents this fall, even through November when bears are most often in dens for the winter. In the valley, grizzlies have been relocated after killing chickens, sheep, getting into pig feed and feeding on fruit. All of the bears were relocated to sites like Frozen Lake, Spotted Bear, and the Sullivan Creek drainage, FWP said. The adult or solitary bears were fitted with radio collars for tracking purposes.
Tena Coulter has lived on Star Meadows Road near Elk Mountain for 20 years and has never had any problems with bears. Until recently.
A few weeks ago a 400-pound grizzly visited the Coulter’s property four nights in a row and tore up their shed and knocked over bird feeders and garbage cans. Coulter’s neighbor, Jeannette Aquino, said she had a similar first-time experience earlier this year and had five goats and two llamas killed at her property by a relocated grizzly bear.
Elk Mountain is a designated drop site for grizzlies that are relocated by Fish, Wildlife and Parks. This fall has been a busy one for FWP regarding grizzly relocations. In a two-week span in October, FWP relocated nine grizzlies from around the Flathead Valley.
Aquino is worried that bears are being relocated too close to people, and that incidents like the ones taking place at Star Meadows could become more common across the valley.
“I’m concerned about them relocating these bears,” she said. “There’s a lot of people living up here at the top (of Star Meadows). Elk Mountain is not exactly a remote area. It’s not like they’re putting (bears) in the middle of the Bob Marshall.”
Coulter said she understands the risk of living outside of town in a more remote area, and plans to take extra precautions in the future as far as keeping feed and other possible attractants tightly contained.
“We feel we chose to live here and that’s kind of the way it is,” she said. “I don’t feel it’s a problem but there is getting to be more grizzly bears up here.”
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee works with the FWP to determine relocation sites. If possible, bears are kept close to their home range but still far enough away from people to prevent another problem, Fraley said.
That can be difficult though, he added.
“There is really nowhere to put a bear anymore where it’s in the middle of nowhere,” Fraley said. “There are bears everywhere and there are people everywhere.”
“We don’t release bears where we feel they’re going to be a safety threat or where they’ll encounter humans,” he added.
Even wilderness areas like the Bob Marshall are populated enough that relocating the bears there would not be a better solution, Fraley said.
Not all moves are successful and a “fair amount of time the bear will return or cause problems somewhere else,” he said.
FWP does not move bears that its biologists believe are dangers to human safety. A bear can be deemed a danger either through sex, age or the type of action that caused it to be relocated in the first place. Typically bears that are conditioned to eating food near people are considered the most dangerous and are often put down.
Fraley said FWP is doubling its efforts to spread education about limiting bear attractants as a way to mitigate future run-ins. But the possibility of completely preventing incidents is unlikely.
BROKEN — Bill Anderson of Home Camp stands by a broken barn door. The door was broken by a bear, who entered the barn and killed Anderson’s miniature horse. A second miniature horse is missing and Anderson believes the bear may have killed that horse as well. This incident is one of three bear encounters which have occurred over the past few wee
DuBOIS - As autumn marches on and winter approaches, encounters with wildlife, particularly bears can increase with some unpleasant results. Three neighborhoods have recently had close encounters of the black bear kind, which have residents keeping an eye out for wildlife. Brad Dunlap, who lives along the Oklahoma/Salem Road between DuBois and Luthersburg, said he and his neighbors have been seeing a large bear, a smaller bear and a mother bear with three cubs roaming the area. "We live near the woods and seeing wildlife is not uncommon," Dunlap said. "We've never had problems before now. Before if you saw one (bear), it was an event, now it's a regular occurrence." Dunlap said the residents are pretty certain they are all seeing the same animals, particularly the mother bear and cubs, because one of the cubs is a light, cinnamon color. Dunlap said recently his neighbors have been experiencing problems with the bears getting into their bird feeders. He said on Tuesday, one or more of the bears went through the neighborhood getting into garbage cans. "Tuesday is garbage day, so everyone put their garbage out and the bears got into it and it was spread all up and down the road," he said. Dunlap said he had an unnerving encounter with a bear when he was out archery hunting. "It was getting pretty dark and I was getting out of my tree stand and I caught sight of movement," Dunlap said. "I couldn't see very well but the bear got within 10 feet of the tree stand. It was the smaller of the two lone bears which was good. I was afraid it might be the mother with the cubs. It looked up at me as if to say 'what are you doing up there' then it wandered away." He said it was the first time a bear had gotten so close to him. Dunlap said one of his neighbors was harvesting corn in their fields and spooked the mother and cubs out of the field. He said recently, some of his other neighbors found the larger of the lone bears dead. "The game commission came out to investigate but they aren't really sure what killed it," Dunlap said. He said he is not as concerned about the bears as some of his neighbors are, but it does seem like there are more people seeing the animals and they are getting closer to the more populated areas. "I've had no direct damage but what scares me is people who have dogs and kids," Dunlap said. "I have a dog and I try to pay more attention when I let her out and when she's barking." Dunlap said he was also concerned because of a recent incident in Perry County where a bear chased a dog into a house and injured the two residents. Randy Baird of Highland Street Extension is another resident who had an unnerving encounter with a bear. Baird said he keeps two deer-shaped archery decoys in his yard. One morning, he went outside and found both decoys in pieces. "My wife thought maybe it had been the wind, but they were pretty sturdy and had rebar in the legs to hold them up," Baird said. "I was thinking maybe another deer attacked them because they're in rut." Baird said when he went outside, he saw two sets of bear tracks coming down the hill and leading away from the decoys. He said there were teeth marks on the necks of the decoys and claw marks on the flanks. He said the rebar up through the legs had been bent and the interlocking pieces that held the decoys together were broken. "The tracks led to the driveway, around the car, to the deck and across the street," Baird said. "The pictures don't do it justice. It looked just like you see on the nature programs. It looked like it grabbed the decoy by the sides and bit it on the neck. You can see where it's incisors were. I've always been skeptical about bears eating deer, but this shows that yes, they really do kill deer." He said the decoys had no deer-scent sprayed on them or anything else that may have enticed the bear to attack. He said he knows bears are curious animals and will sometimes paw at things to get a closer look. However he believes the bears in his yard thought the decoys were prey. Baird said he has seen bears around occasionally but over the last three years, it seems like the sightings are becoming more common. He said he saw bears in his yard earlier this year which walked right up to the house. "They showed no fear (of people)," Baird said. "They didn't run or spook. They just walked by." Baird said he had hummingbird feeders but some of his neighbors have feeders with bird seed and that he tries to put his garbage out the morning before it's collected to help keep the bears from getting into it. But the most unusual incident occurred in Home Camp on the property of Bill and Sarah Anderson. The Andersons have property where they raised horses, chickens, cats and dogs. Bill Anderson said he had a full-sized quarter horse and two miniature horses. He said the quarter horse had recently been euthanized because of illness and it wasn't long after the larger horse's death that they came home and found their miniature mare running free on their property and their miniature gelding was missing. "We weren't sure what had happened at first," Anderson said. "We thought maybe they were searching for the other horse and broke through the fence." Anderson said he tried to lead the mare back to the barn but she was acting very scared and was whinnying and fighting against the rope. The Andersons searched the area for the missing gelding but were unable to find him. They posted pictures of the missing horse and offered a reward but never found their pet. About six days after the gelding went missing, Sarah Anderson went up to the barn to feed the mare and let her out in the field but found the barn door broken and the mare was gone. Sarah said she found the body of the mare several yards away from the barn. There were also bear tracks on the ground around the barn and muddy prints on the door. Bill Anderson said they had bears on their property before, but never anything this extreme. He said they had a bear break into their chicken feed and into an area where they keep their cats. They also had several chickens go missing, but they are not sure whether it was because of a bear or a fox. "We called the Game Commission and reported what had happened," Bill Anderson said. He said the officer who came out said it was unusual for a bear to attack livestock, but not unheard of. Anderson said he was told that because its so close to bear hunting season, there would not be enough time to trap the bear and relocate it. He said he has had horses for many years but never had anything like this happen before. "We weren't sure what had happened to the other horse," Anderson said. "We thought maybe someone took him but after what happened to Rosie (the mare) we think the bear got to him first and dragged him off somewhere." "I worry about people who have pets outside," Sarah Anderson said. "I've been telling my neighbors to take their pets in at night and to make sure their barns are secured." The Andersons said they spoke to another resident of the area Thursday who said he had a bear chasing his horse around the field and was able to scare it off. "If it's the same one, it seems like it's got a taste for horses now," Bill Anderson said. He said he was worried because there is plenty of other food sources, such as acorns, nuts and blackberries on his property, yet the bear seemed to have gone directly after the horse. "I don't like to talk about it (what happened to the mare) because it's too hard, but people need to know so they can watch out," Bill Anderson said. "I feel bad for Rosie because she knew what happened (to the gelding)." Dave Stewart, conservation officer for western Clearfield County, said while he was not the officer who went to the Anderson's house because he was on vacation at the time, there was clear evidence that the bear killed the horse but he does not know for sure what happened to the gelding. "It's almost impossible to know what happened for sure," Stewart said. "Bears are opportunistic feeders and there's no way to know why exactly it broke into the barn. There's a lot of circumstances here. It was an older horse, it was in a small area and it couldn't get away." Stewart said it's possible that the bear had smelled grain or another possible food source inside which prompted it to break through the door. Once inside, the bear encountered the horse and killed it. Stewart said this is only the second incident he has heard of in his 13 years with the Game Commission where bears killed livestock. "Even if we set traps, the chances of catching the actual bear that killed the horse are slim," Stewart said. "There are a lot of bears in the area and there's no way to know if we caught the right one. We can trap it and take it somewhere else, but sometimes they do come back, or another bear will take it's place if there's food available." At this time of year, bears are becoming very active and are searching for food before they hibernate for the winter. The Game Commission recommends that residents take all bird feeders in for the winter. Residents can spray their garbage cans with bleach or ammonia to keep bears out of trash. They're also encouraged to keep pet food inside overnight after pets are fed. The commission recommends turning lights on outside before taking pets out to make sure there are no bears in the area www.thecourierexpress.com/tricountysundaytrilocal/938324-349/black-bear-kills-horse.html
Zimmerman, Minn. is a rural area with many of its homes surrounded by forest.
Black bear sightings have been reported there before. Resident Kim Hinrichs knows the risk.
“I think they’ll attack because they have cubs. That’s what’s scary is when they have babies,” said Hinrichs.
But early Monday morning, a sighting turned into a confrontation.
The DNR said a 7-foot black bear and its three cubs wandered onto a yard along 261st Ave. and began eating out of a bird feeder.
The family’s 14-year-old black Pomeranian was on the porch. The DNR said the mother bear took notice, wandered up to the dog, sniffed it, and then attacked and killed it.
“With the refuge being around here and the way the bears have been moving around closer to the suburbs, it doesn’t surprise me at all,” said neighbor Craig Hinrichs.
Black bears are on the move from April through October.
The DNR said the black bears are after everything from bird seed, to garbage, to the grill. This is why they suggest locking all of it inside at night.
Because this particular bear may still be on the loose in Livonia Township, the DNR handed out instructions on what to do if she comes onto your property. They also left voicemail messages for homeowners.
Bear attacks on people and pets are rare, but this neighborhood learned the hard way that they can happen.
“It definitely would be kind of surprising to see that happen,” said Craig.
The DNR also wants to remind people that black bears are attracted to bird seed left on the ground, as well as dog and cat food.