Bulgaria's Govt to Tackle 'Brown Bear-Human' Conflict

Environment | March 24, 2011, Thursday // 19:45|  views

There were two cases of killer bears attacking humans in Bulgaria in 2010. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Environment Ministry has crafted a curiously entitled project - "Plan for Dealing with the Brown Bear-Human Conflict" to address the 2010 incidents of killer bear attacks.

The plan proposes to resolve the "brown bear-human" conflict by introducing several measures said to help manage the population of brown bears in Southern Bulgaria.

In 2010, there were two cases of killer bear attacks on people in Bulgaria's southern Smolyan District in the Rhodope Mountain, one of them lethal, as well as a number of attacks on domestic animals.

The plan has been drafted in cooperation with State Forestry Agency, which is part of the Agriculture Ministry, and several NGOs.

The measures to crack down on the "human-bear conflict" include providing electronic monitoring devices and cameras to follow the population of brown bears, instructing local on how to treat them, removing dump sites that can attract bears close to villages and towns, planting fruit trees to provide additional food source for bears.

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Tags: brown bear, brown bears, Nona Karadzhova, Environment Ministry, Smolyan, Smolyan District, Rhodope, Rhodope Mountains, Rhodopi Mountains, killer bear


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