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Adapting to be a super sleeper
Since August 1, the bears at the Washington State University Bear Research, Education, and Conservation Center have added around 20 percent body fat to their frames by eating voraciously. Soon, they will stop eating altogether,…

Toys stimulate and feed WSU bears
Traffic cones, rubber tractor tires, old fire hoses, and PVC pipes. All of these are great places to hide tomatoes, apples, and oranges from bears.

More than WSU research at Bear Center
Research is the key component for the existence of the WSU Bear Research, Education, and Conservation Center. But that isn’t limited to WSU research—scientists from other institutions contribute to bear research as well.

WSU student tackles bear of a problem
One student at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine hopes the work she’s doing in Pullman will influence policy change against a cruel practice happening across the world.

WSU’s grizzly bears lose weight on Thanksgiving?
If you think Thanksgiving dinner can pack on the pounds, consider the grizzly bears at Washington State University that eat the equivalent of three such feasts daily during the weeks leading to hibernation. After nearly…

Chill grizzly bears, chill
Giant ice cubes and fruit-flavored ice pops helped grizzly bears beat the heat yesterday at Washington State University’s Bear Research, Education, and Conservation Center as the mercury topped 104 degrees.

Grizzly bears use tools? WSU study underway
In a first-ever study, researchers at Washington State University are examining whether grizzly bears make and use tools. And while it’s too soon to reach a broad scientific conclusion, at least one female bear is…

A grizzly answer for obesity
Clinically speaking, about 1.5 billion people worldwide are overweight. According to the World Health Organization, more than 10 percent of the world’s adults are obese, arguably making them the largest patient population in existence.

A new life for Winnie
Though she’s only three, Winnie the grizzly bear has already seen some rough times. Her mother left her last year. And when hunger drove her into a Yellowstone campground, park service employees did their best…
Could grizzlies be fat and happy without salmon runs?
The clues are spelled out in 150-year-old bits of skull and skin. With the help of high-tech science, these pieces of long-dead grizzly bears reveal—almost down to the last supper—the diet of the legendary animals…