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Can human-bear coexistence be threatened by fake news?

28 Giugno 2023 | Non categorizzato

Recently, a local news website relating to the Gran Sasso area published a letter from one of its readers without first verifying the veracity of the content and, then, selecting the correct information.

Since this letter concerns the presence of specimens of the Marsican brown bear in the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, many have questioned whether it could undermine the delicate process of peaceful coexistence between the local communities and the bear in the newly expanding territories of the species, which is also carrying out through the LIFE Bear-Smart Corridors initiative.

Disseminating false information, beyond seriously damaging the work done by bodies, universities and organizations that have been involved in protecting and promoting the spontaneous expansion of the Marsican brown bear population for many years, can be dangerous for the protection of the bear itself. especially in territories where the bear is slowly and hardly making its return.

The commitment of institutions and organizations that, like us, have signed this article undoubtedly goes in the direction of disseminating  correct information to increase awareness of local communities in regard of the human-bear relationship. For us, at the basis of coexistence there is always knowledge.



Foto: Bruno D’Amicis