bears

Rock Doc
6:00 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Smarter Than Your Average Bear

The Rock Doc, Kirsten Peters
Credit Washington State University

WSU is known for its smart Cougars. But soon it could have a reputation for something else – intelligent bears. Bears that use tools, like some primates and birds. Veterinary student Alex Waroff tested the bears’ intelligence, and found some surprising results. WSU’s Rock Doc, Kirsten Peters, has the story of WSU’s bright bears.

Alex Waroff had a fantastic summer job this year. The veterinary student at Washington State University worked with faculty members as they tested just how clever grizzly bears are. What’s at issue is the use of tools.

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Don't Feed The Bears
6:14 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Bear Feeding Case Will Go To Court In A First For Washington

Accused bear feeder Doris Parks created a nine acre wildlife reserve by buying undeveloped land across the street from her house in Ilwaco, Wash.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A 70-year-old woman has been criminally charged for allegedly feeding bears at her house on Washington's Long Beach peninsula. This is believed to be the first time someone has been prosecuted under a relatively new law against feeding large wild carnivores. The accused woman denies the charges.

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Bears
4:16 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Ilwaco Retiree Could Be First Charged Under New Law Banning Feeding Of Bears

Washington Fish and Wildlife police are recommending that an Ilwaco woman face charges for allegedly feeding wild bears.
Credit Dam421 / Wikimedia

The bears have woken up and once more that’s creating problems around the region. Washington Fish and Wildlife police are recommending that an Ilwaco woman face charges for allegedly feeding wild bears. Wildlife agents have removed seven problematic black bears from her neighborhood and had to euthanize five of them since last fall.

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Captive Grizzly Bear Research
5:56 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Researchers Work To Make Captive Grizzly Bears Happier

Researchers at the WSU Bear Research Center are working on ways to make grizzly bears happier while in captivity.
Northwest News Network

You may have visited zoos where the animals look less than thrilled sitting in their cages. But scientists at Washington State University’s Bear Research Center are working to help captive animals enjoy their environment. Reporter Courtney Flatt followed researchers who are trying to learn more about captive bears’ moods.

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Bear Research
5:47 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

WSU Researchers Studying Bears’ Hibernation To Narrow Down A Cure For Diabetes

A group of Washington State University scientists performing an echocardiogram on an adult female grizzly bear named Kio during the hibernation period.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hibernating bears do things that doctors tell humans not to do. They eat fatty foods, lay around for months on end and get high cholesterol. Yet they don’t suffer the same ill effects we would.

Washington State University researchers have teamed up with a biotech company. They’ve begun a $200,000 study on how grizzly bears can gain so much fat each year and sleep through the winter. But each spring they emerge without diabetes or heart disease.

Researchers are monitoring eight bears’ heart rates, blood pressure, blood chemistry and overall health.

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