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News stories tagged with "bear"

Eight "aggressive" bears shot or euthanized in Adks

Reports of black bears breaking into camps and trying to steal food from campers are on the rise in the Adirondacks. There have been no human injuries. But state Department of Environmental Conservation officials say eight so-called "nuisance" bears have been killed this summer alone. Chris Knight has our story.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: the Adirondacks in 300 years, part 2

Last week Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discussed the future of Adirondack trees and forests. In part 2, they turn the crystal ball on fauna. The fortunes of the black bear look bad, due to the decline of a main food supply--beechnuts. Migrant songbirds may also decline, in part because of habitat loss elsewhere, and in part due to domestic cats who take an amazing toll of birds each year. It looks good for fish, but better for invasive than native species.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: In Brief?Rainforests and Avalanches

The distribution of plant and animal species can be shaped by many factors. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley look at the ways trees distribute themselves in the rainforest, and how avalanches affect the ranging habits of bear.  Go to full article

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind, Part 2

This summer, dozens of hikers in the Adirondacks have had close encounters with black bears. The animals are looking for picnic baskets, not prey, but state forest rangers worry that inexperienced campers could get hurt. In this second of a two-part series, Brian Mann joined a hunt organized to identify and tag the most aggressive bears.  Go to full article

Close Encounter of the Furred Kind

Brian Mann has a close encounter with bears that have been making the Adirondack wilderness experience more dramatic than many campers want.  Go to full article

Bear Troubles in the Adirondacks

The black bear problem continues in the High Peaks. A safe visit is still possible, but campers need good information and the proper equipment. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Black Bear

Tha Adirondack black bear is numerous and far from timid. You may see one up close and personal if you are careless with camp food. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley look at their lives and habits.  Go to full article

Bears and Backpackers in Co-habitation

This summer, tens of thousands of hikers and campers will flock to the eastern High Peaks. Waiting for them will be a small group of aggressive black bears. The animals have learned to see campsites and backpacks as a prime source of food. Forest rangers say the risk of a life-threatening encounter is growing. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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