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A bear spotted in northern Spain for the first time in 150 years

A bear spotted in northern Spain for the first time in 150 years

Saad Ali Rana
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A brown bear has been spotted traversing a rugged and sparsely populated area of north-west Spain for the first time in 150 years thanks to a set of camera traps , reports the Guardian.

Images of the animal were captured on cameras set up by a crew shooting the film Montaña ou Morte (Mountain or Death) in the Invernadeiro national park in Galicia’s Ourense province. Although the area is home to wolves, deer and wild boars, this is believed to be the first time a brown bear has been seen in more than a century.

Protected species

Brown bears have been a protected species in Spain since 1973. In an effort to consolidate the bear population in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, brown bears from Slovenia have been introduced over the past two decades.

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