In Anchorage- Alaska the International Bear Association- the world umbrella of bear researchers and scientists will gather and discuss the global issues on the eight bear species. Focus issues are climate change and the influence on the various species. International bear Foundation has addressed two issues to focus on regarding the European bear problems.
1) The overharvesting of male brown bears in Romania and therefore the possibility to reduce the viability of this population in future
2) the successes and failures of the bear populations in Cantabria/Spain. In the western region in Cantabria the population has increased from some dozens to some hundreds of brown bears-in the eastern section the population remain very small and even endangered.
Gerard Baars -International Bear Foundation.NL