Are brown bears returning to Lithuania?


The raising human population and more intensive farming put bears under pressure as predators, doing harm to domestic animals. Intensive deforestation during the XVII-XVIII centuries also put it's toll and at the end of the XIX century bears could only survive in densely forested areas.

Best-known naturalist in Lithuania, professor Tadas Ivanauskas indicated, that the last brown bear was hunted in Lithuania in 1883 in Musteika village, Varėna district. VU Zoological Museum has a big male bear from Estonia, donated by G.Vaitiekūnas, several bear cubs from the old Vilnius university collection and one female, that took part in a P.Abukevičius movie "Adventures of the bear Nida", is still unavailable to public, waiting for the restoration... And what do bears do during winter? You are welcome to read here...

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