The team of monitoring and control of the population of brown bears (Ursus arctos) in the Pyrenees recorded at the end of June images of a female and two puppies in the forests of Alt Àneu (Pallars Sobirà), within the area of the Natural Park of the Alt Pirineu. These are two puppies born in January, probably sons of bear Caramelles or her daughter Plume.
The images, which are the first video captured this year in the Catalan Pyrenees, show the ability of puppies to move around the forest, climbing safely through the trunk of a tree. When they come down, the technique is not so polished, although one of them does not hesitate to head down lower. It is the first time that technicians observe these movements more typical of squirrel or marten in one of the bears of the Pyrenees.
Also, the technicians have observed these days another female with a puppy between the area of Ariège (France) and the Baix Aran. Also in France, in Ustou (Ariège), they observed in mid-June another female with two puppies of the year.
The consolidation of the presence of the brown bear in the Pyrenees is one of the objectives of the Piroslife project, promoted by the European Commission within the Life-Natura programs. The objective is to contribute to the application of the community directive on the conservation of nature to maintain and improve natural habitats and animal and plant species of community interest of the designated spaces within the Natura 2000 Network.
The coordinating partner of the project is the Department of Territory and Sustainability, as well as the General Council of Aran, Forestal Catalana, the University of Lleida and the Oso Pardo Foundation.