Bears have caused less damage this year

In the last five years, the authorities listed the most cases of damage caused by brown bear attacks on people’s property in our country last year. A total of 506, and the estimated damage amounted to over 200,000 euros. This year, by the end of July, there were 128 cases of damage, and the estimated damage was around 50,000 euros, according to data from the Slovenian Forest Service (ZGS).


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The brown bear is one of the protected animal species in our country, and the number of bears has been increasing in recent years, according to experts. In order to reduce conflicts with humans, the Ministry of the Environment and Space permits the shooting of brown bears by issuing special permits.

For this year, in February, the ministry issued a permit allowing the shooting of 222 brown bears for the period up to September 30 this year, which would reduce the number of bears in our country to around 800 individuals according to estimates.

But in relation to the issued permit, the non-governmental organization Alpe Adria Green initiated an administrative dispute, as a result of which the administrative court temporarily withheld the permit in March, and in June of this year decided that the lawsuit was unfounded and rejected it.

Until the shooting was stopped by the administrative court, 85 bears were shot this year in accordance with the mentioned permission of the ministry, and after the finality of the court’s decision, a total of 149 bears were shot until August 16 this year, the ZGS explained to STA.

In addition, five more bears were shot this year under other permits, and the authorities additionally recorded 13 cases of brown bear losses, including deaths due to, for example, collisions with vehicles or for unknown reasons. In total, the entire removal of brown bears from the wild in our country up to and including August 16 amounted to 167 brown bears.

This is more than last year in the whole year, when 148 bears were taken from the wild. Even fewer were taken the year before, namely 99, in 2019 this figure was 183, and in 2018, 153 bears were taken from the wild, according to data from the National Archives of the Slovak Republic.

There are also different figures regarding recorded cases of damage caused by bears. In 2018, there were 191, and the estimated damage amounted to just over 75,000 euros, in 2019, there were 449, and the estimated damage was just under 164,000 euros. The numbers were then lower in 2020, namely 313 damage cases and damage estimated at just under 113,000 euros, and last year, as mentioned, the highest in the last five years.

Bears cause the most damage by attacking small animals and in beekeeping.

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