Black bear cub in Oregon euthanized after too much human contact

June 20, 2019 by  
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After months of eating trail mix and making human friends, a black bear cub had to be euthanized in Oregon. According to state officials, the unfortunate incident is a reminder to tourists and locals that bears and all wildlife should never be fed or engaged with. Visitors at a boat launch on Hagg Lake frequently saw the bear cub, and many continued to leave food and take photos with the bear. After the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls about bear cub sightings and noticed circulating social media photos of “selfies” with the bear cub, they investigated the sightings and set out a trap. Deputies are working to get this bear cub near Hagg Lake to go back into the woods… please stay away from the area near Boat Ramp A. pic.twitter.com/tI8m5yTbyk — WCSO Oregon (@WCSOOregon) June 13, 2019 The state officials eventually caught the bear cub with the intention of releasing him farther into the forest , away from busy roads and popular family recreation sites. However, upon realizing that the bear was not fearful when they approached and instead had become very comfortable around humans, the officials reported that they had no choice but to euthanize the cub. Related: Seven commandments of leave no trace camping “This is a classic example of why we implore members of the public not to feed bears,” wildlife biologist Kurt Licence said in a statement. “While the individuals who put food out for this bear may have had good intentions, bears should never, ever be fed.” According to Oregon state law, it is illegal to scatter food to attract or lure wildlife . The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife explained that miscellaneous food can not only make bears sick, it can also cause them to become habituated to human interaction. This dependency and comfort opens the door for dangerous encounters, especially when the bears become older and larger. Many people expressed outrage upon hearing news of the killing; however, most understood that the state officials had no choice and that the situation could have been avoided by those who fed the bear. “They got the bear killed and that’s not OK,” local resident and frequent visitor to Hagg Lake Jennifer Harrison told the local news . “They tried to do something they thought was a good thing, but it ended up getting the bear killed, so please do not feed the bears.” Rangers guessed that the bear cub was approximately 3 years old. Via Huffington Post Image via Keaton

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Volkswagen’s $15 billion lesson on the stakes of sustainability

June 29, 2016 by  
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Could the automaker’s landmark U.S. settlement actually be a good thing for corporate environmentalism?

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Climate Change is Greening the Arctic and That’s Not a Good Thing

April 1, 2013 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Normally news about greening spaces has a positive connotation, but when it comes to the Arctic , a greener landscape is not a good thing. Researchers published new projection models in the journal Nature Climate Change which reveal that by 2050, the great white north could have as much as double the amount of vegetative cover as it does now as a result of higher temperatures and precipitation changes. Read the rest of Climate Change is Greening the Arctic and That’s Not a Good Thing Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Why Are We Still Debating Whether to Embrace Sustainability?

October 20, 2011 by  
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Although a healthy debate is generally a good thing, a debate at the COMMIT forum earlier this month — on whether or not CSR practices are good for the bottom line — missed the point in three key ways.

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Are Environmentalists Too Obsessed With Native Species? (Video)

August 19, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Permies From native plants in Brooklyn’s backyard to keeping native Australian stingless bees , there is much to be said for working with plants and animals that have adapted to the region you live in. But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I’ve argued before that a war on invasive weeds may actually b… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Week in Pictures: Pollution’s Dangerous Beauty, Incredible Edible Gardens, and More (Slideshow)

August 19, 2011 by  
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Photo: TreeHugger The production of petroleum, of metals, and of fertilizer– seen here –result in polluted runoff that, when captured in the right moment, are as beautiful as they are troubling. Photographer J Henry Fair has captured these moments for his new book The Day After Tomorrow and to open viewers to a vision of a cleaner future. We also have the most incredible edible gardens, 10 gorgeous new bikes we want now, and more, in our photo roun… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Birds in New Zealand Developing Entirely New Songs

May 6, 2011 by  
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Photo: angrysunbird / cc There’s an avian music revolution underway on several small island in New Zealand as slew of new bird songs seem to have arisen out of nowhere — but this more diverse music scene isn’t necessarily a good thing for the birds themselves. Saddlebacks, birds native to New Zealand’s North Island, seem to have developed various regional ‘accents’ over the last 50 years after humans relocated the species to aid in their preservation.

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So What If Telecommuting Did Encourage Travel? Travel Is Good

October 14, 2010 by  
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photo: Gopal Aggarwal / Creative Commons Yesterday my fellow TreeHugger Sami posed the question ‘ Does Telecommuting Encourage Travel? ‘ To which I respond, so what if it does? Travel is good.

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Is the Electrification of Transportation a Good Thing? (Part 2)

August 23, 2010 by  
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Electric Cars are Coming – Is it a Good Thing? In part 1 , we looked at why it’s important to get our cars off oil and what the first part of that transition might look like

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Bamboo Screens Shade Stunning French Passivhaus

July 9, 2010 by  
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One of the key elements of Passivhaus design has been the use of generous south-facing glazing for passive solar gain.

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