Bubonitsy, Russia • Russian hunters have long been in the habit of rousting hibernating bears from their winter dens, shooting them for their pelts and meat, and leaving the cubs to starve or freeze to death. But Valentin Pazhetnov has a method of keeping the little ones alive and returning them to nature.
The secret, the Russian biologist says, is minimal contact with humans, so that the cubs learn to fend for themselves.
"Bear cubs shouldn't get used to the smell of humans, to human houses ... the human voice," he told AP Television. "They must avoid people, fear them. This is the only way they can survive in the wild."