The number of bears in the Pyrenees continues to increase

In 2021, 70 bears were counted, an increase of 9%, reveals the annual report of the French Brown Bear Network.

70 bears lived in the Pyrenees in 2021, an increase of 9% compared to the previous year.

This is revealed in the annual report of the French Brown Bear Network.

This increasing figure is explained by the number of record litters in 2020.

“Eight litters, including 15 cubs, were spotted” in 2021 compared to nine last year.

A fortnight in 1995

In 1995, they were only ten. Since then their increase has been constant.

For the Pays de l’ours-Adet association, “it is still not viable and the western core remains very fragile”. “The three cubs of the female Sorita born in 2021 are indeed three males. Even if “this first litter carried out in Béarn since 2004 remains symbolically important, it will unfortunately not ensure the future of the species in this part of the Pyrenees”, warns the association, at the microphone of France Info.

France reintroduced plantigrades from Slovenia in the 1990s in the Pyrenees when they were on the verge of extinction.

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