Friday, 19 February 2010
Wildlife: Brown Bear
In Europe Brown Bears Ursus arctos are found mainly in the east, in parts of Scandinavia, eastern Finland, the Baltic States, Poland, Slovakia, and uplands in the Balkan countries. Further east still Russia has good numbers and indeed its range spreads east as far as Kamchatka. Small numbers also reside in mountains in Spain and Italy. But they are wary animals and never easy to find without local knowledge. Indeed, most tourists in Europe see bears by joining organised tours and visiting bear-watching hides. Brown Bear is the largest and most powerful carnivore in Europe and should never be taken for granted if encountered. In North America, where it is known as Grizzly Bear, it is not uncommon in wilderness areas.