bears

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Pyrenean bear cubs

November 3rd, 2013

Image taken by camera trap of female bear with two cubs born this summer in the Vall d’Aran in the Catalan Pyrenees. The adult bear is called Hvala, a Slovenian bear released in the Pyrenees in 2008. Source: cronicaverde

Bear with cubs

October 22nd, 2013

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A brown bear with two cubs on a crag somewhere in Asturias . Photo by Fundación Oso Pardo

Brown bear population in Spain 2013

October 22nd, 2013
 The population of brown bears in the Cantabrian mountains 2013 has reached more than 200, with 34 cubs raised in  2010. More here

Animals crossing a stream

July 22nd, 2013 Wonderful trap video by FAPAS of boars, a wolf and a bear crossing a stream somewhere in Asturias. 1 minute, 30 seconds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZpMNbMdSjAQ

Bear in camera trap

July 22nd, 2013

Fantastic photo taken by a camera trap somewhere in Asturias by the wildlife group FAPAS. There are now some 180 brown bears in the Cantabrian mountains (Cantabria, Castilla y León and above all Asturias), triple the figure 20 years ago.

Summer love

September 30th, 2011 Lisa over at picosdeeuropa.com has an interesting account  of how at least one pair of Cantabrian bears has bred later in the year, in late August, instead of May-June, presumably because of climate change. More here

Injured bear found in Asturias

April 10th, 2011 Latest from Lisa on an injured bear found in Asturias (includes video).

Basque cave painting of bears

January 5th, 2011

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Rather wonderful cave painting from Ekain in the Basque County of two bears. They apparantly represent brown not cave bears. They date from 14,500-10,000 years ago.

More in English and how to visit a nearby replica here. Pictures from here.

The last autochthonous Pyrenean bear dead?

October 28th, 2010

It appears that Camille, the last autochthonous Pyrenean bear, may have died, after 9 months without any sign of him. His death at the age of 20 comes as no surprise but is a sad symbol of the disappearance of bears in the range.  Now the hope lies in the 20 or so bears which have introduced (or born of introduced animals) in the Pyrenees by the French government from Slovenia. In the photo Camille sits next to the tasty feast of a dead wild boar, somewhere in the Navarran Pyrenees. 20 minutos

This article from Wildlife Extra is also interesting. New research suggests Cantabrian female brown bears do not hibernate while cubs are still young proves anecdotal evidence first recorded many centuries ago.

Bear breeding success in Pyrenees

August 3rd, 2010

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Bears in the Pyrenees have had their best breeding year for decades this year with two females raisning two cubs each, in territories between Vall d’Aran and y los departamentos franceses de Ariège y Alto Garona. El Periódico