Population status of the brown bear

Population status of the Brown bear in the Republic of Macedonia

Stojanov A., Ivanov Gj., Melovski D., Hristovski S. and Velevski M.

MES-Macedonian Ecological Society and ECNC-European Centre for Nature Conservation, 2010

In 2008, MES in cooperation with ECNC began a long-term project on thedevelopment of a National Ecological Network in Macedonia (MAK-NEN). The project aims to improve the development of the Macedonian National Ecological Network (NEN) as part of thePan-European Ecological Network. In doing so it aims to raise the profile of and to consolidate the existing protected areas within the country and to provide recommendations for new sites to be designated, all as part of protecting the core of the NEN.

Given its iconic status, the Brown bear (Ursus arctos) has been chosen as a flagship species to promote and further develop the network of ecological corridors for the large carnivores in Macedonia, as well as providing a platform for more efficient work towards biodiversity protection in general.

This document therefore compiles all reliable data on the status, ecology and biology of the Brown bear in Macedonia in order to allow identification of the gaps in the current knowledge about the Brown bear population and identification of the appropriate conservation measures for the species in the future.

You can download a pdf of the report on the right.