05 May '11, 8am

Italy's Rare Bear in Losing Battle Against Extinction

Italy's Rare Bear in Losing Battle Against Extinction

In the forests of Italy's Abruzzo National Park live one of the rarest creatures on Earth: the Marsican brown bear. For the last several decades the species has been on the brink of extinction -- with current estimates putting their population at less than 50 individuals, down from over 100 in the early 1980s. Recently, a program funded by the EU set out to help preserve the threatened animals, though a sad event today suggests that it may not be enough. Sadly, threats facing the marsican bears are far more numerous than the bears themselves -- from poison intended for other animal and illegal hunting to human development and vehicle strikes. Most, if not all, remaining individuals -- members of a subspecies of European brown bear -- are thought to be living under protection in Abruzzo National Park, but that fact alone hasn't managed to curb their decline. In fact, it may...

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