Bears Making a Comeback in Europe

by Rebecca on May 3, 2010

in Animal Stories,Cute Animal Pictures

A brown bear, or Ursus arctos, in Martinselkonen, Finland.

A brown bear, or Ursus arctos, in Martinselkonen, Finland, Ten years ago, most Europeans who wanted to see bears, went to Alaska. Now they can go to Finland, Sweden or Romania, which all have large and growing bear populations, and ecotourism operators who will take you to see the bears from permanent hides. Bears were once found throughout the continent and even inhabited the British Isles until the 10th century. This is the same species as the North American Grizzly, and has made a remarkable comeback throughout much of Europe. Today, the European parts of Russia have by far the largest bear population (c 36,000), followed in order by Romania (6-7,000), Sweden (2,500) the Balkans (2,500-3,000) and Finland (1,000)

Ten years ago, most Europeans who wanted to see bears, went to Alaska. Now they can go to Finland, Sweden or Romania, which all have large and growing bear populations, and ecotourism operators who will take you to see the bears from permanent hides. Bears were once found throughout the continent and even inhabited the British Isles until the 10th century. This is the same species as the North American Grizzly, and has made a remarkable comeback throughout much of Europe. Today, the European parts of Russia have by far the largest bear population (c 36,000), followed in order by Romania (6-7,000), Sweden (2,500) the Balkans (2,500-3,000) and Finland (1,000) A brown bear, or Ursus arctos, in Martinselkonen, Finland. Ten years ago, most Europeans who wanted to see bears, went to Alaska. Now they can go to Finland, Sweden or Romania, which all have large and growing bear populations, and ecotourism operators who will take you to see the bears from permanent hides. Bears were once found throughout the continent and even inhabited the British Isles until the 10th century. This is the same species as the North American Grizzly, and has made a remarkable comeback throughout much of Europe. Today, the European parts of Russia have by far the largest bear population (c 36,000), followed in order by Romania (6,000-7,000), Sweden (2,500) the Balkans (2,500-3,000) and Finland (1,000).


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