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Brown Bear in NE Portugal, the first in the country since the 19th century (1 Viewer)

RafaelMatias

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Portugal
Not a lot written in English language about this yet (lots in Portuguese though, with plenty of errors as expected):
https://www.portugalresident.com/20...ed-in-portugal-176-years-since-last-one-died/

A lone wandering Brown Bear (potentially an immature male) has just entered NE Portugal. It's the first confirmed Brown Bear in Portugal since the 19th century. I knew they were getting closer to the border in recent years and I've looking for them for a few years now, a few weeks at a time, very close to the spot where this one entered, obviously with no luck (except for wolves). A great day, but let's hope something stupid doesn't happen to this animal.
 

Farnboro John

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"obviously with no luck (except for wolves)".

Nice! Good views? Accessible? Less hassle from the authorities than over the border in Spain?

Hope the bear does all right.

Cheers

John
 

RafaelMatias

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Portugal
"obviously with no luck (except for wolves)".

Nice! Good views? Accessible? Less hassle from the authorities than over the border in Spain?

Unfortunately no views at all. They're elusive, unless you know the exact place where to look for them. Fresh footprints, lots of scat and howling from very close-by individuals at night was all I got. I've never asked for gen from the guys studying them first because I'm pretty sure that info wouldn't be released easily, and second because I usually walk these places with backpack and small tent for a few weeks and I always think I have a fair good chance to came across one by chance. The howling was nice though, especially once after a heavy thunderstorm, when several could be heard at close quarters a bit all around the place I was. They're there but they're like ghosts to me. Perhaps this year I get better luck :)
Cheers
 

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