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First Brown bear spotted in Spain for 150 years

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

The first brown bear to be spotted in Spain for over 150 years has been captured on camera within the remote Invernadeiro National Park in the Ourense province. Assessed to be between three and five years old, the bear was caught on film by a set of camera traps that were shooting for an upcoming film, Mountain or Death.

The bear is likely to have spent the winter in the park having made its way south from the Sierra del Caurel mountains. Years of conservation work has taken place across the region to try and encourage wildlife back to the area. Brown bears have been a protected species since 1973, so it is hoped that this sighting may signal the start of the species returning to the park, which has recently also seen an increase in deer, wild board and wolves.

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