A bear family (female with young) feeding in winter at an ungulate feeding site in Bieszczady Mountains in the northeastern Carpathians (SE Poland) (© IOP PAN)

Deer feeding is changing the lifestyle of brown bears

Humans have never provided so much food to wildlife. Wildlife feeding is widespread, but not necessarily good for wild animals and ecosystems. A new study warns that deer feeding may have unintended consequences. It affects not just deer but also changes the movement behavior of brown bears that now routinely visit feeding sites for deer. Researchers call for an urgent reevaluation of wildlife feeding practices.

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Danka and her cubs in Zakopane

Do not feed bears!

Bears inhabiting Polish Tatras live very close to humans. But sometimes they come too close. “Danka”, along with her three cubs, try to use the rest of the food from unsecured trash. Filip Zięba from the Tatra National Park and Nuria Selva from the Institute of Nature PAS took part in the film material […]

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Bear front-foot

The Carpathian Brown Bear Project website was a bit dormant for the last time. This does not mean that the CBBP team was hibernating! We have been involved in the implementation of GLOBE, BearDamages and BearConnect projects. We will soon announce new publications and our current activities.

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Iwo’s incredible journey to the south

Iwo, a 5-year old bear collared in Poland, went from the Tatra Mountains through the whole Slovakia to Hungary in one week. Iwo was captured and collared in the Polish Tatras by researchers of the Tatra National  Park and the Institute of Nature Conservation in Krakow a year ago. […]

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Photo by Juliusz Ćwieluch

Dangerous food

In the last number of “Swiat Nauki”, the Polish edition of Scientific American, dr. Robert W. Mysłajek covers our article in PloS ONE about the indirect and unexpected effects of ungulate feeding. This game management practice affects many species, not only the ones that are intended to be fed.  It can be particularly dangerous for birds which […]

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