Troy Hurtubise was hiking in British Columbia in 1984 when he encountered the bear that changed his life forever.
Staring suddenly into the face of an irritable grizzly, the then 20-year-old Ontarian pulled a .22 semiautomatic rifle to defend himself, but the grizzly knocked him—and the rifle—away like a toothpick. Clambering to his feet, Hurtubise grabbed a knife from his belt.
The bear fled. Had cubs been present, a conservationist told Hurtubise later, it’s likely he would have been mauled. ...
Before they become majestic and dangerous eating machines, bears are adorable. (Photo: Terri Shaddick/Can Geo Photo Club)
There's a reason American toymaker Morris Michtom used real bear cubs as the inspiration for his soft stuffed "Teddy Bear" (named for then-President Theodore Roosevelt). It's likely the same reason the toy became wildly popular with the public: before they grow into dangerous and majestic apex predators, bears are ridiculously cute.
As proof, we've assembled a squeal-inducing collection of the best bear cub photos captured* by members of our Photo Club.
The fossil is 7 mm long. This false colour image was produced with a Scanning Electron Microscope. (Photo courtesy Howard Falcon-Lang)
It’s official: Nova Scotia is home to the oldest known pine tree fossils in the world.
After examining the remains of charred twigs found in a gypsum quarry near Windsor, N.S., Howard Falcon-Lang, Viola Mages and Margaret Collinson—researchers in the department of Earth sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London—determined the fossils to be around 140 million years old.
This is five to 11 million years older than the oldest pine fossil on record.
A polynya off the Antarctic Coast. The Inuit Circumpolar Council are working to save the North Water Polynya, the largest polynya in the Northern Hemisphere. (Photo: NASA's Earth Observatory/Wikimedia Commons)
Members of a special Inuit Circumpolar Council commission tasked with consulting Inuit on how to save the North Water Polynya will this week journey to the Nunavut communities of Grise Fiord and Pond Inlet to begin talks with locals, according to a CBC report.
Like all polynyas, the North Water is a region of largely unfrozen ocean surrounded by sea ice. What makes it special, however, is that at about 80,000 square kilometres, it’s the largest polynya in the Northern Hemisphere and the most ...