Friday, 2 January 2015

Large European carnivores are increasing and co-existing with people finds a new study

The brown bear, the Eurasian lynx, the grey wolf and the wolverine all have stable or increasing populations in Europe.

This European situation showcases that it is possible for large carnivores and people to share the same landscapes, finds a new study published in the journal Science.

Brown bears in Switzerland
The study, conducted by a collective of 76 carnivore specialists from all over Europe, gives the reasons for this overall conservation success as protective legislation, supportive public opinion and a variety of practices that together make co-existence possible between large carnivores and people.

The study makes a distinction between the approach from the North American wilderness model that tends to separate people and nature, and which has been adopted in many Asian and African, with an alternative model, which allows for people and predators to live together following a landscape-scale conservation approach.

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