Bear in the Darkness: Encounters with a True Alaskan Giant

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Bear in the Darkness: Encounters with a True Alaskan Giant

I woke to the sound of a large brown bear crackling through the brush near my tent. It was early April and I was guiding a small natural history film crew on an island in Southeast Alaska. At the beginning of three weeks of filming, our primary goal was to capture video of brown bears feeding on a...
Bjorn Dihle Apr 19, 2022
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Video: Pigs Fight Off Black Bear Attack

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Video: Pigs Fight Off Black Bear Attack

Almost exactly one year ago, a video of a black bear and feral hog fighting to the death in Great Smoky Mountains National Park went viral. To no one’s surprise, the winner of that battle was the black bear. The ending of that video seemed like it was written by Nature Is Metal. This video has more...
Spencer Neuharth Mar 29, 2022
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Video: Wolf Pup Howls for First Time

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Video: Wolf Pup Howls for First Time

We’ve given a lot of coverage lately to how destructive wolves are. From Idaho passing a bill that aims to knock back up to 90% of the state’s pack, to mountain lion populations in Wyoming dropping 48% thanks to unprecedented predation by wolves, to Wisconsin accidentally killing twice their wolf...
Spencer Neuharth May 20, 2021
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Angler Killed by Grizzly in First Attack of 2021

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Angler Killed by Grizzly in First Attack of 2021

Carl Mock was enjoying a day of spring fishing on the Madison River north of West Yellowstone, Montana, on Thursday, April 15 when he was mauled by a big, boar grizzly bear. The 40-year-old resident of West Yellowstone managed to call 911 despite suffering significant scalp and facial wounds...
Maggie Hudlow Apr 20, 2021
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Does Your Dog’s Nose Work Better Than a Grizzly’s?

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Does Your Dog’s Nose Work Better Than a Grizzly’s?

Imagine a proud new dog owner bragging up their new pup—a hound like Mingus or a retriever like Snort. “My dog has a better nose than a grizzly bear,” he or she boasts. Should you believe them? After all, from the outside, a dog’s and a bear’s noses look very similar. Humans have bred dog...
Ben Long Mar 15, 2021
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Mountain Lion: Misunderstood Quarry, Under-Appreciated Cuisine

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Mountain Lion: Misunderstood Quarry, Under-Appreciated Cuisine

Some hunters might find it hard to believe that a saucer-shaped depression in a fresh layer of snow can arouse just as much excitement as the sudden appearance of a bugling bull elk—unless they were experienced mountain lion hunters. Then, they’d know the drill. The abrupt transformation inside the...
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Photos: Mountain Lion and Cubs Raid Turkey Coop

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Photos: Mountain Lion and Cubs Raid Turkey Coop

James Young successfully raised his first flock of domestic turkeys last year at his home in Los Gatos, California. Earlier this April, he started the journey towards rearing flock number two. His plan was to butcher the first bird in October—it would be their Thanksgiving meal. But the night before...
Spencer Neuharth Nov 4, 2020
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Fact Checker: Did Wolves Kill an Entire Russian Bridal Party in 1911?

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Fact Checker: Did Wolves Kill an Entire Russian Bridal Party in 1911?

Myths, lies, and old wives’ tales loom large in the outdoor pursuits. Here at MeatEater, we’re dedicated to separating facts from bullsh*t, so we created this series to examine suspect yarns. If there’s a belief, rumor, or long-held assumption you’d like us to fact check, drop us a note at...
Spencer Neuharth Oct 21, 2020
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Video: Jogger Stops Mountain Lion Attack with Bear Spray

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Video: Jogger Stops Mountain Lion Attack with Bear Spray

This jogger proved bear spray isn’t just for bears. Donny Stone, an Alberta resident, was on a run in 2015 when he encountered two cougars on the trail. The excitement of spotting his first mountain lions quickly turned to fear as the big cats approached from behind. “I was expecting quite honestly...
Spencer Neuharth Oct 5, 2020
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Fact Checker: Are Menstruating Women More Likely to Get Attacked by Bears?

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Fact Checker: Are Menstruating Women More Likely to Get Attacked by Bears?

Myths, lies and old wives’ tales loom large in the outdoor pursuits. Here at MeatEater, we’re dedicated to separating facts from bullsh*t, so we created this series to examine suspect yarns. If there’s a belief, rumor, or long-held assumption you’d like us to fact check, drop us a note at...
Spencer Neuharth May 19, 2020
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Bar Room Banter: Three Toes, The West’s Most Notorious Livestock Killer

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Bar Room Banter: Three Toes, The West’s Most Notorious Livestock Killer

There’s a difference between book smart and bar smart. You may not be book smart, but this series can make you seem educated and interesting from a barstool. So, belly up, pour yourself a glass of something good, and take mental notes as we look at Three Toes the livestock slaying wolf. South Dakota...
Spencer Neuharth Apr 29, 2020
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