Human intervention can be a lifeline for individual animals and entire species. Across Italy, Croatia and Greece, rewilding teams find ways for bears and people to live together. These efforts will allow the bears to spread in the continent’s wildest locations.
Bears. This adaptable, iconic species is present in an astounding array of habitats. They have colonised some of the most challenging landscapes on the planet, from arctic tundra, to tropical forest and mountain ranges.
Symbols of the wilderness, the bear is most commonly associated with the great/plains and dense forests of North America. Yet Europe is now home to more bears than the entire lower 48 States. About 16,000 brown bears live on this continent – many in its more remote regions. But some bears are managing to seek out an existence right on the edge of Europe’s most popular tourist spots and well known cities.