We welcome Manuel Díaz Fernández, who is conducting a 3-month internship with us at the Institute of Nature Conservation (IOP PAN). Manu is a doctoral student at Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC) in Seville, Spain. His research interests lie in the ecology and behaviour of large carnivores and their interactions with humans. […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Carlos Bautista for his PhD doctoral study!

Carlos has just defended his PhD degree at the last Scientific Council of the Institute of Nature Conservation. In his thesis he evaluated the different natural and anthropogenic drivers of human –wildlife conflicts. He used the case study of brown bear (Ursus arctos) damages to […]

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Protection of bear dens makes it to the court

The Regional Court in Krosno has granted the Natural Heritage Foundation’s request to halt planned logging in one of the planned clear-cuts section in the Lutowiska Forest District, where potential and active bear dens are located. The Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the Forest District, […]

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Fig 1. Willingness-to-travel (kms) by positive (green) and negative (grey) respondents towards large carnivores in Poland and Norway. It indicates the distance they would be willing to travel to visit a forest with a large carnivore species or to avoid it. Pie charts indicate the share of the two classes of respondents for each country.

Wild forests with large carnivores are more attractive

In a crowded planet, the feeling of wildness is becoming more important for human recreation. A new study shows that two-thirds of the potential forest visitors in Poland (68%) and Norway (66%) preferred old natural forests inhabited by large carnivores. 

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