Precaution in bear research and management actions during COVID-19 pandemic

So far there is no evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in ursids. Nevertheless, the potential for reverse zoonotic transmission from humans to bears while handling the animals should be taken into account, as it may have serious implications for animal health and welfare, and for wildlife conservation. Therefore, the International Association for Bear Research and Management has prepared an advisory statement: Considerations on the potential reverse zoonotic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and research and management involving the handling of free-ranging and captive bears during COVID-19 pandemic

For more information, please see the provided resources and read about viral pathogens survey in brown bears conducted within the frames of the BearHealth project.