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January 19, 1992
Regarding the "Jungle Book" item in the News and Briefs column (Jan. 5): In a letter that appeared in the Feb. 1992 issue of Outdoor Photographer, Galen Rowell writes of Alaskan brown bears being hunted in the areas of the Chenik Brown Bear Photography Camp and the nearby McNeil River. These bears are habituated to photographers and "eco-tourists" and their value alive surely exceeds their worth dead. The Alaska Board of Game should wise up. TOM HINKLE West Covina
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NATIONAL
April 25, 2014 | By David Horsey
Besides sending a chill up the spine of the international community, Vladimir Putin has accomplished one other thing by seizing Crimea and threatening the rest of Ukraine: Putin has brought back the bear.  Like Uncle Sam, the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey, the Russian bear was a stock character in decades of political cartoons drawn by pretty much every caricaturist in the business, including me. The dissertation I wrote for my...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
About 40% fewer bears were killed in California by hunters in 2013, a change the Humane Society of the United States attributed to a new state law barring packs of unsupervised dogs while hunting. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said 1,002 bears were killed during the 2013 black bear hunting season compared to 1,962 bears over the same period in 2012. That figure was about 40% lower than the annual state average over the last decade, the Humane Society said in statement issued Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By David Colker
Talking toys have been around since at least 1960, when pull-the-string Chatty Cathy debuted. But Teddy Ruxpin, a cuddly teddy bear that hit stores in late 1985, marked a technological leap forward. Created by then-Granada Hills resident Ken Forsse, the talking Teddy moved his mouth in sync, making him seem much more lifelike. The effect was both delightful and a bit creepy, and kids loved him. "1986 and 1987 were insane; you could hardly find Teddy Ruxpin in stores, it was so popular," said toy expert Jim Silver.
OPINION
July 18, 2012
Re "A bear who tweets in the woods," July 14 When will people stop treating wild animals as entertainment? This poor bear will probably be killed eventually because of the ignorance and unwillingness of people to respect wild animals as they are, not as cartoon characters. If the bear had killed someone's pet or injured a human, people would be crying for its destruction. The biggest culprits in this drama are the continuing encroachment into wildlife habit by developers and the 2009 Station fire, which reduced hunting ranges and food supplies.
SCIENCE
March 4, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Black bears in Yosemite National Park aren't snacking as much on human food as they did decades ago, according to new research that traces changes in the diet of Yosemite bears over the last century. Researchers analyzed samples of bear bones from museums and bear hair collected from the field to determine the ratio of human-to-wild-food that Yosemite bears consumed as far back as 1915. Not surprisingly, they found that the proportion of human food rose significantly after the park started feeding bears in 1923 to keep the animals away from developed areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2010 | By Corina Knoll
Nothing beats the gluttonous life offered in Monrovia. It's a magical place where half-eaten slices of pizza and the salty remnants of Thai takeout abound. Here the grass is laden with rotting avocados and pomegranates and aching paws can be soaked in a choice of dozens of swimming pools. It's all enough to citify a country bear. Once a well-kept secret limited to a few adventurous souls, Monrovia seems to have become all the rage with the bears of the San Gabriel Mountains.
SPORTS
August 31, 2009 | Associated Press
Jay Cutler got the last laugh. The Pro Bowl quarterback, who forced a blockbuster trade out of Denver last spring and became the Chicago Bears' first franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman , returned to Invesco Field on Sunday night and led his new team to a 27-17 exhibition win over the Broncos. Cutler disregarded the thousands of hecklers, including Broncos pass rusher Elvis Dumervil , in leading Chicago on three scoring drives, capped by a 12-play, 98-yarder just before halftime that gave the Bears a 17-3 lead.
NATIONAL
August 12, 2009 | DeeDee Correll, Correll writes for The Times.
Donna Munson, 74, considered the black bears that swarmed across her land in southwestern Colorado to be her pets. She fed them dog food and scraps -- poking the food through a metal fence she'd built around her porch -- attracting so many bruins that neighbors sometimes counted as many as 14 on her property at a time. On Friday, one of them killed and ate Munson, slashing her head through the fence and dragging her body underneath it to consume her. "She was dead-set on continuing to feed the bears, and unfortunately, she paid the ultimate price," said Ouray County Sheriff's Investigator Joel Burk, who had to shoot a bear that tried to approach Munson's remains as he interviewed witnesses at the scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1996
The stoning and killing of a young black bear in Yosemite National Park by members of a Boy Scout troop raises disturbing questions ("Criminal Probe Targets Scouts in Bear's Death,"Aug. 17). The Humane Society urges law enforcement authorities to take appropriate action if the stoning is determined to be an act of cruelty rather than self-defense. There can be no questions, however, about the motives of other people who are killing bears in California. Starting in late August and running through December, trophy hunters will kill more than 1,500 bears for the animals' heads and hides.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014
An in-demand bassist who studied under Charlie Haden and has performed with a rich roster of talents that includes Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Nels Cline and Scott Amendola, Todd Sickafoose's knotted and lovely 2008 album, "Tiny Resistors," was one of the top jazz releases of that year. Finally at the cusp of delivering an encore, Sickafoose reunites an all-star band that includes violinist Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg and drummer Allison Miller to premiere a piece dubbed "Bear Proof," a work commissioned by Chamber Music America.
HEALTH
April 5, 2014 | Lily Dayton
Each time health psychologist Kelly McGonigal teaches her Science of Willpower class, she asks students to select a willpower challenge to focus on during the 10-week course. Though students' goals are diverse -- kicking nicotine or getting out of debt, controlling their temper or overcoming alcohol abuse -- there is one goal that is most common among the 200 or 300 students who pack the lecture hall seeking life change: They want to lose weight. "It's important to understand that everyone is struggling with something," says McGonigal, whose experience in the Stanford University course inspired her to write "The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It. " Beliefs about the role of willpower in weight loss have changed through the decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Sculptor, dissident, activist, blogger, rock 'n' roller, barber. Multi-hyphenate Ai Weiwei wasn't really in need of another descriptor, but now you can add this: actor. The roly-poly, 56-year-old Chinese artist makes his acting debut in a 10-minute sci-fi short called "The Sand Storm" filmed in Beijing in early 2013. The existence of the project wasn't widely known until this week, when the film's writer-director, Jason Wishnow, launched a $33,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund post-production work (it's already exceeded the goal)
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | By David Wharton
There wasn't anything too complicated about Wisconsin's game plan. The Badgers wanted to pound straight ahead - a basketball version of blunt-force trauma - softening Baylor's normally stingy defense from the inside out. “They left the middle of the zone open a little bit,” forward Frank Kaminsky said. “We just kind of hammered.” NCAA Tournament Bracket And it worked. Points in the paint translated into an early lead, which let second-seeded Wisconsin remain patient and efficient on the way to a 69-52 victory in this West Regional semifinal at Honda Center on Thursday night.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Avast! The pirate ship that submerged in Big Bear Lake during a heavy winter storm will soon rise from its watery grave. The Big Bear Pirate Ship--a popular tourist draw in the mountain lake community about 100 miles east of downtown Los Angeles--sank during a storm Feb. 28 while it was tied off at Halloway's Marina. Crews plan to use inflatable lift bags Thursday morning to refloat the one-third scale replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon, also known as Time Bandit.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
Arrrrgh! Last weekend's snow and heavy rains ravaged Big Bear's iconic Pirate Ship, which sank Friday night in heavy winds. The popular tourist attraction , a one-third scale replica of a 16 th century Spanish galleon, had been docked at Holloway's Marina. Owner Loren Hafen said the fully winterized vessel was last inspected about 4 p.m. Friday, and a marina employee discovered it submerged at 8 a.m. Saturday. Using scuba gear, Hafen inspected the hull Monday and found no holes or significant structural damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1990
In only a few short weeks, the community of Big Bear, overcome by Cocomania, has given the public an education unsurpassed in local history (Part A, March 27). It has taught us that misguided passion (not to be confused with compassion) has united residents and politicians alike, openly disregarding state laws and demeaning and threatening those who enforce them. It has maximized tourism through the sales of T-shirts and beverages topped with gummy bears and littered mountain roads with distracting signs.
MAGAZINE
February 4, 1996
I am not without prejudice in the matter of the Montana grizzlies ("Howdy, Neighbors!" by Marla Cone, Dec. 24). But my sympathies are with the bears, who are not armed--probably the only ones in the state who aren't. Perhaps the "scared" folks should worry less about bears and more about their gun-loving, trigger-happy fellow citizens. The only real hazards up there are the human ones. Shame on Montana if the grizzles are "run out of town." D. Kentnor Yucaipa The Montana grizzly bears, if reintroduced to the wild, could pose ignificant hazards to hikers, hunters and campers, especially children.
SCIENCE
March 4, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Black bears in Yosemite National Park aren't snacking as much on human food as they did decades ago, according to new research that traces changes in the diet of Yosemite bears over the last century. Researchers analyzed samples of bear bones from museums and bear hair collected from the field to determine the ratio of human-to-wild-food that Yosemite bears consumed as far back as 1915. Not surprisingly, they found that the proportion of human food rose significantly after the park started feeding bears in 1923 to keep the animals away from developed areas.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic, This story has been updated. See note below.
"Ernest & Celestine," the charming French-Belgium animated film and Oscar contender, is about a bear and a mouse whose artistic tendencies are forever getting them into trouble. Marked as outsiders by their respective societies, an unlikely friendship is forged, an ill-tempered uproar unleashed, and a delightful movie is the result. Based on the lovely children's books by Gabrielle Vincent, with a screenplay by noted novelist Daniel Pennac ("Cabot-Caboche"), this lively and larcenous tale is softened by its watercolor pastiche and minimalist animation.
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