Bear protection measures for beehives and sheep herds in the Italian Alps
Posted on 18 May 2009
Spring approaches and all across the Alps bears are slowly emerging from their winter slumber. WWF Italy, the Ministry of the Environment, and the Veneto Region are involved in an initiative for the protection of herds and beehives. Bear-proof fencing for beehives will be distributed in areas bears have visited in the past.
As Mauro Belardi, WWF Italy’s representative in the European Alpine Programme, puts it: “The reduction of human-bear conflicts is at the core of Italy’s bear conservation strategies both in the Alps and the Apennines. Damage prevention or its speedy compensation are amongst the most important actions for the conservation of this species”.
The prolonged absence of bears from the Alps has meant a gradual loss of knowledge and know-how in the local populations as regards the best practices to avoid human-bear conflicts. WWF Italy together with local authorities is thus promoting a widespread program of education, particularly in areas in which the bears’ return is expected after a long absence.
Bears are ready to return, we must be prepared to welcome them back.