Brown bear standing up

Although the brown bear is considered to be the largest carnivore in Europe, its main diet consists of forest fruits, plants, grass, nuts, worms, ants, termites, insects and also other animals, if available. So we can say they are omnivorous. They are at the top of the food chain so they don’t have any predators.

Unfortunately, humans threatened their habitat by expanding too much into the forests and hunting them for trophies. Intensive deforestation also threatens to isolate them into smaller and smaller patches of forests but fortunately, by organizing bear watching activities, people learnt to protect and respect these animals.

Romania’s mountains are home to over half of Europe’s population of brown bears (Ursus Arctos). Partly due to less pressure and deforestation during the communist regime, partly due to groups of enthusiasts that are trying to protect this magnificent animal.