Aug 4, 2014

Bear breaks out of trap, attacks man in Nagano orchard

A wild bear that had just escaped from a trap attacked an elderly man in an apple orchard in the city of Nagano, seriously injuring him, police said. Toyoaki Kamisawa, 71, who lives near the orchard in the Wakahoshina district, received injuries to his ...

People said too close to Hokkaido park's bears

Oct 21, 2013

People said too close to Hokkaido park's bears

A wildlife conservation group in Shiretoko, Hokkaido, has launched a campaign to improve the behavior of tourists and photographers near the Iwaobetsu River in Shari, near Abashiri, as they swarm the area to get a closer look at its brown bears. The Shiretoko Nature ...

Mystery lure of woodland lords

Nov 29, 2009

Mystery lure of woodland lords

by Winifred Bird

When Hideyuki Yoshizawa goes into the woods, he doesn’t wear the usual silver bells meant to scare off bears. He’s given up smoking, too, to eliminate that tell-tale human smell. That’s because he wants more than anything else to meet a bear in the ...