The Danube-Carpathian region – also known as the Green Heart of Europe
- is home to some two-thirds of Europe’s populations of large carnivores, including brown bears, wolves and lynx.
Bears and other large carnivores suffer from illegal hunting. But arguably a greater, longer-term threat lies in the fragmentation and degradation of their habitats e.g. from infrastructure construction. Conflicts between people and large carnivores are also growing, mostly due to inappropriate behavior by people.