According to scientists, today in the world there areabout 200,000 brown bears. Basically, they lead a fairly peaceful life away from people, but if you stumble upon one of these giants while walking through the forest alone - you will not be lucky. Recently, the results of a study were published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports, during which scientists recorded an increase in the number of brown bear attacks on humans. People were guilty of increased aggression of clubfoot predators, as well as of other problems of our planet.
On increasing the number of brown bear attacksIt became known to people through the study of statistics from 2000 to 2015. During this period of time, 664 cases were recorded when people became victims of flattering residents. Predators are still actively attacking people - recently a grizzly bear, which belongs to one of the American subspecies of brown bears, attacked a French explorer who came to the forest to record the sounds of nature. He was torn at night right in his tent, and such terrible stories happen in different parts of the world.
Why is a bear attacking a person?
According to scientists, bears began to attack more oftenpeople due to their population growth. The number of people in the world is also constantly growing, and most of us can afford to buy a country house near the forest. It turns out that more and more people begin to live side by side with clubfoot, who hate uninvited neighbors. As a result, during solitary walks, people find themselves victims of the furious owners of dense forests.
According to scientists, bears make every yearabout 40 attacks. Most of the attacks over the past 15 years took place in Romania - in total, scientists have calculated about 131 cases of collision of bears and people, some of which were fatal for the latter. The most common victims were adults walking alone in the woods during daylight hours. As a rule, people came across bears who took their cubs for a walk. The fact that they attacked people is not surprising - because a mother will always protect her children!
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Where do bears live most often?
The fact that most bears attack ona person is fixed precisely in Romania, and there is nothing surprising either. The fact is that in the 1960s, the former president of the country, Nicolae Ceausescu, destroyed local villages and shot disgruntled peasants. This led to the fact that, due to the lack of hunters, brown bears began to breed actively and still live close to human settlements. After the execution of Nicolae Ceausescu, bears were allowed to hunt, but in 2016 it was again banned. Attacks of bears on people continue to this day and more often shepherds become their victims.
In addition to Romania, bears atrocities onRussian territory, where over 15 years 111 attacks were carried out. According to statistics, on the territory of our country their number exceeds 120,000 individuals. Moreover, the number of attacks is less than in Romania, due to the larger area of our country and the remoteness of forests from residential areas.
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How to escape from a bear?
Having studied the data on the attacks of brown bears,Researchers have found that you can protect yourself from meeting with brown bears by walking in the forest in a big company. Statistics showed that when a large congestion of people is seen, bears most often try to distance themselves from the company and do not dare to attack. In general, for greater security, it is better to stay away from the forests where the bears live.
If you can’t do without going to the forest, you shouldarmed with a spray to scare away wild animals. Manufacturers claim that their funds effectively help scare away many dangerous animals, including wolves and bears. The composition of these funds, as a rule, includes plant substances with an extremely unpleasant odor for animals. Most often, the main part of the spray is red pepper extract.