Jilted boyfriend plots murder of ex-girlfriend through fake bear mauling then staged car crash

*Ex-girlfriend kicked him out of upstate New York house
*Clyde Gardner originally planned his own ‘bear attack’
*Gardner then told friend to pull off staged car crash
*But friend shopped him to police and he was jailed

Men in bear costumes release pandas into wild

Giant panda Cao Cao and its cub were released into the Wolong Nature Reserve in China for the first time on Sunday.

In an extremely delicate operation, their handlers wore bear costumes to minimise the impact of human contact.

The bears will be monitored on a regular basis to ensure they have best chance of survival in the wild. Breeding experts will keep a distance from their new home, watching their daily activities through hidden cameras.

Biggest Bear Ever: Ancient South American Giant Short-Faced Bear Was Largest, Study Suggests

Afraid of bears? You’d probably be a lot more afraid if you were alive around 2 million years ago. Back then, National Geographic reports that there was a bear who towered at least 11 feet tall standing up and weighed up to 3,500 pounds.

Russian bears treat graveyards as ‘giant refrigerators’

Bears are reported to be raiding graveyards in search of food in Russia's Arctic Circle republic of Komi. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

From a distance it resembled a rather large man in a fur coat, leaning tenderly over the grave of a loved one. But when the two women in the Russian village of Vezhnya Tchova came closer they realised there was a bear in the cemetery eating a body.

Montana woman assaults a Bear with a Zucchini

A woman from the US state of Montana has fought off a 200lb (91kg) black bear with a courgette from her garden.

The bear attacked one of the woman’s dogs on the back porch of her home late on Wednesday evening, Missoula County Sheriff’s Lt Rich Maricelli said.

A black bear

When the woman tried to stop the attack, the bear swiped at her leg.