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We set up The BEARS Project and this website to help fill a gap in good quality information in Slovakia, where very little scientific research has been done on bears. Because of the lack of resources in Slovakia, the following links are to sites in other countries and so are mostly in English (some also have German or other language versions).General information about bears
All eight bear species of the world are described in the website of the International
Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA),
whose members include many of the worlds leading professional experts on bears.
Some of the best available advice on how to minimise the risk of being injured
by a bear is given by the Safety in Bear Country Society in a series of
videos. A transcript of
the film "Staying Safe in Bear Country"
is also available. An official Slovak version of this film has already been prepared
by SWS Slovak Wildlife Society.
A traditional and one of the best methods of protecting livestock is the use of livestock guarding dogs.
The Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE) is a network
of organisations and experts from 25 countries working to secure viable populations
of large carnivores in coexistence with people. Its members prepared the Action
Plan for Conservation of the Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) in Europe. This action
plan has been endorsed by the Council of Europe and published as an official
document within the framework of the Convention on the Conservation of European
Wildlife and Natural Habitats (the Bern Convention), to which the Slovak Republic
is a signatory. It can be downloaded from the LCIE website.
You can find a lot more information on carnivores at Carnivore Conservation.
There are currently several other projects and organisations working on bears in Europe, including:-
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