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Human populations have grown, in fact, they have almost tripled in this century alone, and the population growth needs more space. More and more land is needed for farming, forestry, industry and housing. This has happened so fast that no species of bear is common any more, anywhere in the world, and some, such as the Giant Panda Bear and the Spectacled Bear, are very rare. Bears are threatened, even in protected areas.

The greatest threat bears has been loss of their habitats i.e. their homes. The problem is that once a population becomes small the stochastic or random factors become much more important. Bear owners from the cities of Eastern Europe and Asia train bears to walk on their back legs and perform different tricks.

(picture left by Alojzije Frkovic in ex Yugoslavia show brown bear on its back legs as performer. It seems to be tradition in many parts of eastern Europa).

They simply make money from their performing animals. This practice has been banned in Western Europe at the beginning of this century. Unfortunately hunters that are looking for a young bear to train will shoot his mother dead, to sell her fur and to prevent her defending her cub.

Many bears are threatened to the extent that they are endangered and have protected status, but people are still hunting them for trophies, for food such as to make soup, for fun and for traditional medicine (some people believe that a bears gall bladder can cure certain illnesses), and also for making clothing.



We need to know more about bears to be able to protect them and give them enough space to survive over the long term. The destruction and disruption of their habitat is an enormous threat to their survival and providing them with protected areas in which to live safely will help to prevent their extinction.

Many bear populations have reached the point where they cannot survive on their own without human help. There are currently very few safe places for bears, such as the Kitlope Wilderness, the Khutzymateen Valley Wilderness, the Spirit Bear Wilderness and maybe a couple more.

Unfortunately, those areas are not enough to ensure the survival of bear populations.
People need to be made aware that there are only about 1000 Pandas left. Tomorrow we may be saddened at the loss of more Pandas.

The best thing that humans can do is to tolerate the wildlife nearby, understand their needs and give them the space they need to survive. We need to start today with conservation because tomorrow will be too late.



Conservation status
Asiatic
Panda
Legend:
  • Lowest risk status: Not risk category
  • Near threatened status: Close to be qualify as threatened category in future.
  • Vulnerable status: high risk of extinction in the wild
  • Endangered status: very high risk
  • Critically Endangered status: seriously high risk
  • Possibly Extinct status: seriosly high risk / the last individual has died
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