Central Balkan Brown Bear Population Research Field School

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The 2016 Central Balkan Brown Bear Population Research is a field school, supplementing the first purposeful research on the Brown Bear population in the territory of Central Balkan National Park spreads over the central, highest parts of Stara Planina Mountain and accommodates large number of self regulating ecosystems, which include extreme biological diversity, wildlife communities, as well as rare and endangered species habitats.
The Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) population in Bulgaria is among the stablest European populations. Most of the bears inhabit the range of Stara Planina Mountain.
The project goal is capture of living representatives of the Brown Bear (Ursus arctos L.) species. They are marked with GPS collars and subsequent release at the capture spot, without any transportation. The results of these studies are the basis of an analysis on brown bear inhabitation (individual territory range, food diet, migrations) of the park and the adjoining territories.

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