translated by Patrizia Grigolo
A young Marsican bear was photographed and filmed yesterday by some hikers near the Voltigno Plateau, in the area near Pescara of the Gran Sasso National Park and Laga Mountains.
We are very excited to share these news, as it testifies to the bear’s ability to return to areas where he had disappeared, due to the intense hunt to which he had been subjected until the early twentieth century. However, it is not an absolute novelty, as sightings in that area had also occurred in recent years, though not so unequivocally.
We appreciate the enthusiasm of the mayor of Villa Celiera, who demonstrates a clear and positive cultural turnaround from the days when the bear was seen only as a coveted prey, as revealed by widespread local surnames (Ammazzalorso, Dell’Orso, etc.).
Our hope is that the presence of the bear in the vestino in this territory will become more and more stable. For this to happen, it is necessary to implement behaviors that are as respectful as possible of the ecosystem of the animal, trying to avoid unnecessary stressors and dangers. We recommend reviewing our “Best practices manual for cohabitation” for further information.