OTTAWA – High population density is a feature of most Group of Seven capitals — but Ottawa stands out among its international peers these days with an unusual demographic situation: a sudden influx of bears.
Black bear sightings surged of late in Canada’s national capital region. Conservation officials say they’ve already had to round up more than 30 of the large mammals roaming urban areas since the start of the month.
From a human’s perspective, the bears have been getting into mischief. Locals have seen them wandering along leafy residential streets, nosing through backyard compost containers and one was even spotted rambling the alleys of Ottawa’s touristy ByWard Market.
Many of the wayward animals, including the one affectionately nicknamed “ByWard Bear,” were seen or scooped up within a few kilometres of Parliament Hill.
A healthy population of grizzlies in and around Glacier National Park means the bear may soon come off the endangered species list. But more bears mean more confrontations with humans.(Image credit: Montana Fish and Wildlife and Parks, via AP)
Why do we love (and fear, and kill) polar bears with so much intensity? At Longreads, Michael Engelhard, a wilderness guide and anthropologist, looks into the Arctic predator’s grip on our imagination.
What is wrong with the policy makers at the Interior Department, are they themselves the hunters, or are they just as depraved as those who think baiting bears with doughnuts and bacon is either ethical or honourable?
Where’s the public outcry? I don’t understand how such cowardly policies are even being considered.
(HANOVER, N.H.) — A bear whose life was spared last spring by New Hampshire’s governor has returned with four new cubs to the college town where she has feasted for the last few years. The bear was to be euthanized last May after two of her offspring entered a home near Dartmouth College in Hanover.…
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