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Saving Bears from Russia's Nouveaux Riche

In this photo taken Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013, bear cubs walk inside the forest enclosure of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Bear Rescue Center, near the village of Bubonitsy, 350 kilometers (220 miles) northwest of Moscow, Russia.

Saving Bears from Russia's Nouveaux Riche

September 25, 2013


Bears were once hunted by Russians for their fur and their blubber, but

trophy hunting is gaining ground among a wealthy new class with cash to

burn. Russian authorities have made efforts to crack down particularly

on den hunting, or the stalking of a mother bear with her young during

winter hibernation, which leaves hundreds of cubs orphaned each year.