Wildlife

Concerns over continuing effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound inspired biologists from the U.S. Forest Service to monitor black oystercatcher nesting populations. 

Danielle Rupp | The Cordova Times
The cameras at Brooks Camp drew 16 million viewers last year from every country on the planet except Syria and Yemen, according to Google Analytics. This year, technicians will add a powerful directional microphone at Brooks Falls to pipe natural sounds into people's living rooms. Hannah Colton | Bristol Bay Times
A Kodiak man shot and killed a brown bear Sunday night after it tipped a nearby trash can, returned to the area and charged him, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Tegan Hanlon
A firefighter working the Juneau Lake fire near Cooper Landing was injured in a "bear encounter" Monday evening, the U.S. Forest Service reported.Megan Edge
Four of the five black bears relocated from the Government Hill neighborhood in Anchorage were shot and killed near a Hope campground after one of the bears climbed into a vehicle on Sunday. Tegan Hanlon
The Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledges that Arctic climate change is the top threat to polar bears, but it says its ability to take action is limited to tasks that fall short of greenhouse gas restrictions. Yereth Rosen
The man couldn't invoke state laws allowing animals to be shot in defense of life and property because his improper storage of garbage caused the incident, wildlife troopers said.Megan Edge
Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials are warning residents after a North Pole man was sickened by tularemia, a bacterial infection known as "rabbit fever."Associated Press
A new, comprehensive report tracks loss of northern Alaska coastline since the late 1940s. The erosion, packed into a few months a year, is some of the most dramatic in the nation, researchers say.Yereth Rosen
About a third of the world's polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions in as soon as a decade, a U.S. government report shows.Mark Thiessen | Associated Press