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Old-growth forests are what giant pandas need


Old-growth forests are what giant pandas need

excerpt "...The results of a study recently published in the journal Biology Letters indicate that giant pandas need old-growth forests as much as bamboo forests. This work, which was completed through the collaborative efforts of scientists from the Chinese Academy of Science, San Diego Zoo Global, China West Normal University, China Wildlife Conservation Association and the Sichuan Forestry Department, could assist conservationists in creating strategic plans that help conserve this critically endangered bear species. ..."

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Woodland Park Zoo announces death of female sloth bear, age 20
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wild bears in the news - sloth bear Sloth bear Medina was described by keepers as "feisty."
Photo: photo by Agnes Overbaugh/courtesy Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo announces death of female sloth bear

excerpt "...Medina, a 20-year-old female sloth bear who arrived at Woodland Park Zoo in 2008, died on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, during a health examination conducted to discover the cause of the animal's sudden, precipitous decline in appetite and activity in recent days.

The bear's lethargy was cause for concern, so she was anesthetized for the exam per standard procedure. Her heart stopped soon after, however, and efforts to revive her failed.

A subsequent postmortem exam revealed that Medina was afflicted with advanced liver cancer that had spread to the area around the liver. This type of cancer commonly claims older sloth bears, a species that can live 20 to 25 years in the wild but may live up to 40 years in captivity. (Grizzly bears likewise live about 25 years in the wild, sometimes surviving into their early thirties, but may live up to 40 years in a zoo or other facility.)

The female sloth bear was paired up with 14-year-old male bear Randy at Woodland Park Zoo by way of a Species Survival Plan (SSP) for sloth bears. An SSP is described by the zoo as a "cooperative breeding program" organized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in which animals at different North American zoos are partnered and relocated as necessary to maintain the genetic diversity of their species in captivity and to keep their numbers stable.

Wild populations of sloth bears still exist in forests in parts of South Asia, but they are an endangered species. Fewer than 10,000 of the shaggy, termite-eating bruins remain in the wild. Their decline is attributed to habitat loss due to the cutting of forests, separation of bear populations due to habitat fragmentation, and the killing of bears for body parts such as paws and gall bladders, erroneously believed to contain curative powers...."

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Colorado looks poised to ban hunting bears in dens
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Colorado looks poised to ban hunting bears in dens
wild bears in the news - ban bear hunting excerpt "...DENVER — Hibernating bears would be off-limits to Colorado hunters under a new rule that state wildlife officials are considering after a debate over whether a 703-pound black bear was sleeping when it was killed in a cave late last year.
The enormous black bear shot in northwestern Colorado set what may be a state record. But it sparked public outrage after the hunter told a newspaper that he tracked the male bear to a cave and shot it after five hours waiting for the animal to emerge.

Commissioners said they've never heard of anyone "den hunting" in Colorado because it's considered unsportsmanlike. But commissioner Dorothea Farris argued that if Colorado doesn't follow other states and specifically ban den hunting, the public could sour on bear hunting altogether...."

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