Featured video: Rare Syrian Brown Bear caught on camera

Featured video: Rare Syrian Brown Bear caught on camera

New camera-trap footage from the Caucasus Refuge in Armenia, has captured rare footage of a Syrian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos syriacus), a subspecies of Brown Bear native to Eurasia. This is an important recording as there may be just one or two in this reserve and are listed as vulnerable in Armenia.

The exact population of this subspecies is unknown and likely to be declining due to poaching, habitat destruction and diminishing sources of food in the wild.

Featured video: Rare Syrian Brown Bear caught on camera
Syrian Brown Bear – Photo by SuperJew on Wikipedia with Creative Commons License.

Agriculture, mining and quarrying are some of the reasons for their habitat destruction, and damaging bee hives and orchards is the main cause of conflict with local farmers.

According to the Foundation for Preservation of and Cultural Assets Program Director Barbara Siebert, “CWR is so important because we provide an area free from conflict for wildlife such as bears.

We also plant wild fruit and nut trees to encourage to use the protected area rather than farmland.”

FPWC uses camera-trap images to assess population numbers of wildlife, and numbers are compared year to year to show if they are increasing.

Additionally, images of injured may be a sign of poaching and will prompt greater security in a particular area of the refuge.

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