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Relationships between bears and humans will be a matter of discussion in Kamchatka

29 july 2020
WWF-Russia became a member of the arrangements committee of the future workshop on the brown bear.

The workshop will take place in late October. However, the organizers have already called for applications and expect provisional reports from participants.

The brown bear is widely spread across the whole Russian Far East. In the last decade, the bear population in Kamchatka has grown 30% which is concerning to both scientists and the public. That growth coincides with increased anthropogenic impact on the ecosystems and inevitably leads to the increased number of conflicts between humans and bears. Scientists, authorities, and environmentalists face a challenging task: to save the brown bear population and protect people at the same time. Solving this task will demand bear population monitoring and management.

Scientists claim that there are more than 24,000 brown bears in Kamchatka. This number is 6,000 higher than it was ten years ago. Thus, we can suspect an increased ecosystem load and shrink of food supply which draw bears to settlements and human facilities. Every year, a number of people fall victims to bear attacks. The more bears there are, the more conflicts with humans we can expect. If we learn better the causes of such a rapid population increase on the peninsula, we shall have the key to a high-quality bear population management," said Sergey Rafanov, director of Kamchatka/Bering Sea Ecoregional Office of WWF-Russia.
The joint efforts of scientists and environmentalists in the framework of the event will help analyze actual research methods and existing ways of bear population management and find ways to solve the problem of human-bear interaction. Certain recommendations to improve that interaction are expected to be the result of the event.
"It is vital not only to introduce a management plan but to implement it as well. The main idea is to solve urgent problems like landfills attracting bears, organized tourism in the bear territories, and probably many others which will surely become a matter of discussion at the upcoming event," said Sergey Rafanov.
The workshop will take place in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on October 20-22.
The official e-mailing address for the event is seminar_medvedy2020@mail.ru
photo in the head and preview – © Mikhail Korostelev / WWF-Russia
For additional information please contact
Head of WWF Kamchatka/Bering Sea Ecoregional Office