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Bear attacks raise concerns in Greece and North Macedonia

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Charlie Kowalenko
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Farming associations in Greece have raised concerns about increased bear activity, with crops and beehives suffering damage due to milder winters. Similar concerns are being voiced in neighbouring North Macedonia, where a recent bear attack on a skier highlights the growing risk of human-wildlife encounters.

A Danish skier was injured in a bear attack at a nature park in North Macedonia on Tuesday. The unidentified skier sustained injuries to their left leg during the attack, which occurred in the Shar Mountain area. Authorities attribute the rise in bear encounters to mild winters, which disrupt hibernation patterns and lead to a population surge.

Stojance Angelov, head of North Macedonia's state-run Crisis Management Centre, confirmed the injured skier was transported to a hospital in the western city of Tetovo for treatment. He emphasized the importance of taking precautions when visiting areas with bear populations, such as staying on marked trails and avoiding attracting bears with food or trash.

Both Greece and North Macedonia are home to brown bears, a protected species. However, the recent increase in bear activity has reignited discussions about managing the growing population and ensuring the safety of both humans and wildlife. The relevant authorities in both countries are exploring preventative measures, including public awareness campaigns and habitat management strategies.

(Source: Daily Mail)

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