Black bear at United States bird feeders


This video from the USA says about itself:

4 August 2017

Young male Black Bear now on his own makes a very rare daylight morning stop on the deck looking for food. Also a rare morning when the two trail cams are still running so we see the bear from three different cameras. Note the Eastern Towhees sounding the alarm callsBlue Jays are not a big presence here so the Towhees are sort of the Backyard Watchouts. I always put the bird food away at night and put it back up in morning – perhaps this bear is starting to figure that out. The fact that more bears have been showing up recently may mean that food is scarcer than usual up in the mountain forests. This should be berry-time!

Black bear cubs, other American animals


This camera trap video from North Carolina in the USA says about itself:

1 August 2017

A mother Black Bear and her two cubs visit Backyard North plus a guest visitor and a surprise close-up.

Vietnamese bear bile farms shut down


This video says about itself:

19 July 2017

Vietnam signs a Memorandum of Understanding to make bear bile farming illegal as it aims to eradicate the practice by 2020.

From AFP news agency:

Vietnam Agrees to Shut Down Illegal Bear Bile Farms

The government and a non-profit animal welfare organization agreed to rescue more than 1,000 bears from facilities that harvest bear bile, which is used in traditional medicine.

July 19, 2017

11:41 AM EDT

Vietnam agreed Wednesday to rescue more than 1,000 bears from illegal farms across the country, in a move to end the traditional medicine trade in the creatures’ bile.

Though bile farms are already outlawed in Vietnam, bears are still captured and caged in illicit facilities where their bile is extracted using invasive and painful techniques.

Vietnam’s Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) and non-profit group Animals Asia signed an agreement Wednesday to rescue all remaining bears from farms, committing to end bile trade and close all facilities within five years.

“This is a truly historic day,” said Animals Asia CEO Jill Robinson at the signing in Hanoi, adding that the decision “will lead to the definitive end to bear bile farming here in Vietnam.”

Bear bile farming has been outlawed in Vietnam since 1992. But many bile farms use a legal loophole allowing them to raise the animals as pets.

There are about 1,200 bears in captivity in Vietnam today, down from more than 4,000 in 2005, caged in more than 400 bear farms across the country.

Animals Asia estimates it will cost up to $20 million to rescue and build enough sanctuaries to house the bears, and called on donors, companies, and the government to pitch in.

“We cannot do this by ourselves, the government needs to take responsibility for the wildlife in the country,” said Tuan Bendixsen, Vietnam director for Animals Asia.

Officials said funding is the main hurdle to rescuing the bears and putting an end to the trade.

“We face difficulties finding funds to prevent and stop the hunting and rescue of wild animals,” VNFOREST deputy director Cao Chi Cong said.

Bendixsen warned that bile farms could move into neighbouring Laos or Cambodia, and urged countries to adhere to an international convention that bans cross-border bear and bile trading.

Wednesday’s agreement follows an announcement in 2015 from Vietnam’s Traditional Medicine Association to remove bear bile from its list of sanctioned prescriptions by 2020.

The bears are often kept in small cages, and their bile is ‘free dripped’ via a hole in the animal’s gall bladder or a catheter. Many are starved, dehydrated, wounded, and psychologically scarred when they are rescued.

Bear bile contains an acid which can help treat liver and gall bladder illnesses, though effective herbal alternatives are available.

Grizzly bear cubs on swimming mother’s back, video


This video says about itself:

Adorable Bear Cubs Hitch a Ride on Mom’s Back | National Geographic

4 July 2017

An onlooker recorded this precious scene of two grizzly bear cubs perched on top of their mother’s back as she swam across Lake Aleknagik in Wood Tikchick State Park, Alaska.

Mother deer saves fawn from bear


This video from the USA says about itself:

Bear vs. Elk

21 May 2017

Captured at “The end of the world” in Flagstaff, Arizona.

By Ed Mazza in the USA:

05/30/2017 04:46 am ET

WATCH: Mama Elk Fights Off A Bear To Save Her Calf

The rare battle is caught on video in Arizona.

Never get between a mama elk and her calf.

A black bear in Arizona learned that lesson the hard way in a scene caught on video.

Footage that Shannon Seville of Flagstaff filmed and posted on Facebook and YouTube last week shows the bear taking a swipe at the calf when its mother isn’t looking in East Pocket, aka “The End of the World”.

The calf’s cries alert its mother, who comes running to the scene. The bear first climbs a tree, then comes down and takes another shot at the calf with its mother watching.

That wasn’t a good idea:

The calf runs off, and its mother follows. Seville said they didn’t seem injured, but she didn’t know what happened next.

“The animals left our line of vision and we weren’t about to get out of the vehicle to follow,” she told the Republic. “I imagine nature took its course, however, it was meant to.”

No more bison, brown bears as pets


This is a brown bear video.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Minister Van Dam is going to allow a lot less mammal species to be kept as pets. Now there are 276 mammal species kept by individuals. As of July 1 Van Dam will stop 153 of these.

Species no longer allowed include bison, brown bear and grey kangaroo. The government will prohibit the keeping of these animals because they can pose a danger to their surroundings or because their well-being can not be guaranteed.

Risks to humans and animals

Van Dam has compiled a list of 123 animals based on expert advice that are allowed to be kept as pets.