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First brown bear sighting in Portugal in over a century

LISBON: The first brown bear sighting in Portugal in additional than a century was once showed by means of wildlife experts on Thursday, after stories of an animal within the northeast of the rustic.

The bear, which perhaps belongs to a population living within the western Cantabrian Mountains in northern Spain, is assumed to have wandered across the border.

"The reappearance of individuals from this species in Portugal... has now been confirmed by the ICNF," the Portuguese institute for conservation of nature and forests (ICNF) stated.

Brown bears have been extinct in Portugal for the reason that 19th century.

"The last reports of a stable presence of brown bears in Portugal are between the 18th and the end of the 19th century. They then died out," the ICNF stated.

The animal was once spotted within the Montesinho Natural Park and Braganca commune in northeastern Portugal.

The the town of Bragance is set 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Spanish border.

Media stories say the remaining living bear in Portugal was once killed in 1843 within the northwest mountainous region of Geres.

"The fact that a bear has crossed our border does not mean that there is a bear established in Portugal. At the moment we have a stray animal," stated Paulo Caetano, an creator of a e-book on bears, on Portuguese radio.

The animal is most definitely a tender male searching for "a peaceful territory, a companion and food," he stated.

The bear population within the Cantabrian mountain range, which extends east to west over four Spanish regions, has been increasing for the reason that 1989 adoption of a relocation plan.

In 2018, some 330 bears were counted within the mountains there, in line with the environmentalist foundation Oso Pardo.

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