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Save a rare bear in Italy!

You can help us save three unique Marsican bears, an endemic subspecies of the brown bear that today only exists in a small area in the Central Apennines in Italy, just 2 hours from Rome. Only some 50 of these bears still survive and any dead bear means a huge damage for the survival of this subspecies. We need to fund further actions to help them avoid being killed. A crucial tool is to provide local beekeepers and farmers with electric fencing, to keep the bears out of their beehives and chicken coops, and these are urgently needed!

Preventing human-bear conflicts

Especially in the village of Pettorano sul Gizio, which is situated in the middle of the ecological corridor between the Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise National Park and the Majella National Park, the situation is urgent. This area is very important for the bears’ opportunities to spread into the Majella National Park where they used to roam in older times. But right here, three bears are now frequently raiding the villagers’ unprotected chicken pens and beehives. The continuous presence of these bears right among the houses and the damage caused has really been stressing the local community, requiring urgent action. One bear has already been illegally shot by a frustrated villager.

We want to help the villagers to live with bears passing through, but without having to suffer from it and rather be able to enjoy it. The village is situated in a part of the Monte Genzana Regional Reserve, but the protected area authority has very little funding to handle exceptional events like these. So far, 20 electric fences have already been provided by Rewilding Apennines, with technical support through our locally employed Bear Advocates. The result has been that the villagers now don’t feel left alone to tackle the problems and they see that we are really helping them in coping with this new emergency. But more funding is now needed for at least 40 more fences in order to cover all the potential targets of the bears, in the village and the nearby farms. The fences are seen as very efficient, each fence composed by electric wire, poles and a battery.

What will we do with your contribution, and what is your reward?

The cost for a fence of average length, including mounting it is about 300 euros and we need 40 more such fences, to make sure the problem is solved for the villagers, which means we need 12,000 euros for it. So, in short, to save a bear around this village costs about 4,000 euros each.

If you pay to save one bear, we will invite you in on a bear adventure there to try to see it, and why not during the colourful Melonia Apple Harvest Festival!

Donate half of that amount and we will arrange a very generous discount for you on a bear adventure here.

If you pay for one of the fences (300 euros), we will send you a jar of locally produced, bear-friendly jam or honey.

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“Our ability to respond quickly to the needs of both bears and people in the area is key to the success. Public administrations don’t have the same flexibility for emergency actions as a private, non-profit organisation like us in Rewilding Apennines do. This is where we want to make the difference and this is where you can really help us”.

Alberto Zocchi, Team leader, Central Apennines

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