Source: Life Ursus Reintroduction Project
The URSINA project: As bears begin to disperse into areas where humans are no longer adapted to living with them, conflict arises. WWF is working to reduce this conflict through the Ursina project, an initiative by WWF and local partners to promote bear acceptance in the Rhaetic Triangle area and to help communities prepare for the return of the bear. Implementing bear-safe management practices - like the use of bear proof garbage bins, the reintroduction of guard dogs, and honey bee protection - will be key to ensuring a future for brown bears in the region. In addition, an educational bear-trail was created to inform both locals and visitors about the brown bear in the Alps.
The LIFE ARCTOS project: For most of the 20th century, the Trentino region of the Italian Alps was a refuge for brown bears as they were eradicated from the rest of the Alpine arc. Today, after successful restocking projects saved this population from near extinction, the Trentino bear population has grown to between 25 and 30 individuals. But the recovery and future survival of this population depends on conservation minded management practices that meet cross-sectoral consensus. The LIFE ARCTOS project - for which WWF Italy is an active partner - aims to ensure the successful conservation of brown bears in the Italian Alps through joint action involving all relevant stakeholders.
- Brown bear conservation in the Swiss Alps (French/German/Italian)
- Brown bear conservation in the Italian Alps (Italian)
- Brown bear conservation in the Austrian Alps (German)
- MALME (Metapopulation Approach for large Mammals in Europe) - information on the brown bear in Europe
- KORA report on brown bears in Europe and Switzerland (German)