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Coexistence with the Apennine brown bear in the Maiella National Park. This is the topic on which the stakeholders interested by interactions with the bears met yesterday at the Park headquarters in Sulmona, Central Italy. The initiative was carried out in the frame of Action C1 of the LIFE ARCPROM project, a concrete conservation action specifically aimed to promote human-bear coexistence in the Maiella Park and in 3 National Parks in Greece (North Pindo, Prespa and Rodopi). The one held on...

After repeated incursions in several villages to feed on barnyard animals, the Bear Emergency Team of the Majella National Park planned a specific intervention to capture F1.99, a problematic female bear better known as Peppina. The capture attempt, implemented in the frame of the Life ARCPROM, was successful and the she-bear is now equipped with a GPS radio-collar. Park biologists and veterinarians will now have the possibility to better monitor her movements but the collar itself will not prevent future...

Here are the extraordinary and funny images “captured” by a camera trap in the Majella National Park showing an Apennine brown bear “dancing” around a tree! This sub-adult bear is actually rubbing on a pine tree where it probably smelled other bears scent and wanted to leave its own as well. Rubbing is a behavior showed by bears in their entire range and still it is not fully known and understood. Adult males rub more than adult females and sub-adults and...

The partners of LIFE ARCPROM (LIFE18 NAT / GR / 000768) would like to thank the Board of Directors of the Green Fund, who with decision No. 181.1 / 2020, is going to cover part of the financial obligations of the project. LIFE ARCPROM aims at improving human-bear coexistence in four National Parks of S.Europe, three in Greece and one in Italy. The project started in October 2019 and will last for 5 years. Partners of the project are four National...

For about a month now, a young bear has been moving around and inside the village of Mikro Papigko in the area of ​​the North Pindos National Park. Recently, it has been visiting a home garden to feed on the roots of a particular plant species, without seeming to be disturbed by the presence of residents or of their dog’s. This behaviour of the animal is probably related to its young age and the relative inexperience in terms of anthropogenic...

On January 15th and 16th, at the offices of the Prespa National Park Management Agency, a working meeting of the LIFEARCPROM project "Improving the coexistence of man and bear in 4 National Parks in Southern Europe" was held with success.The meeting was attended by the Greek partners of the LIFE ARCPROM project and specifically the Management Bodies of the three National Parks, Prespa, Rodopi and North Pindos, the Department of Fine and Applied Arts - School of Fine Arts –...

A male bear aged about 3-4 years old has been released by the LIFE ARCPROM Bear Emergency Team from an illegal wire-trap for wild boars in the lakeside area near Lefkonas, Prespa. The animal was spotted by a local farmer who thought the bear was resting near his field. After 4 days, the farmer realised that the bear probably had a problem and so he informed the Florin Forest Service. The staff of the Forest Service and the Society for...

The kick-off meeting of the LIFE ARCPROM project (LIFE 18 NAT/GR/000768) with the title "Improving human-bear coexistence in 4 National Parks of South Europe" took place in Thessaloniki from 26 to 28 November 2019. All partners were properly represented at the meeting and more than 25 experts from Greece and Italy participated in order to discuss and plan the actions that are going to be implemented through the project with the aim to improve the human – brown bear coexistence...