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- Safe coexistence

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Safe coexistence with brown bears is more than possible in the 21st century. To achieve that, however, it is mandatory for local communities around their areas of habitation to become familiar with those forest dwellers’ habits and attitude, and to receive instruction for co-existence with it. Of particular importance is that awareness and preparation cover the period March through July, when the animals are most active in gathering food after a long hibernation.

Most of the damage and incidents involving bears are not due to any increase of their numbers but rather, to human intrusion into their habitats, which upsets bears by drastically shortening the ‘safe distance’, in clear violation of the so vital mutual respect between man and beast. Bear conduct is largely influenced by human behavior!

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What to do in an encounter with a bear?

What to do in an encounter with a bear? When crossing ‘bear country’, be sure to make sufficient noise – whether by talking, whistling, or stomping your feet – in order for bears to sense your presence from at least 30 meters away. If you move quietly, you may stumble upon a bear’s ‘personal space and startle it. Feeling under threat, the bear can react on an impulse and simply run over you before retreating. Usually you will get away with a bruise or two, some scratches and cuts and a big fright.

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