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Training for Bear Emergency Team and for veterinaries in Bulgaria

The training activities of the project are progressing.



National meeting of BET for Romania

In the period of 1 – 4 June 2010, the LIFE EX-TRA project organized the first BET meeting on national level for Romania.



Monitoring activities on Brown bear

Monitoring activities of only Brown bear specimen present in Sibillini Mountain National Park are continuing after hibernation period.


A moment of the Training of Bear emergency team
Training of Bear emergency teаm in Bulgaria took place in Smolyan and State Hunting Station - Kormisosh, Bulgaria. The training has been organized within the project titled "Improving the conditions for large carnivore conservation - a transfer of best practices" (LIFE EX-TRA). Bulgarian partners of this project are the Ministry of Environment and Water and Balkani Wildlife Society.
Representatives of the three National parks - Central Balkan, Pirin and Rila; and REI Smolian participated the training. The trainer was Prof. Djuro Huber - co-chair of European Brown Bear Specialist Group and lecturer in Zagreb Veterinarian University. As a practical part of the training three bears form bear enclosure in Kormisosh have been immobilized, marked with micro chips, measurements were taken, as well as different samples. Necropsy of animals killed by different predators was carried out in order to show how to distinguish the reason for mortality. The participants in the meeting discussed and planned the future activities of the Bear Emergency Team (BET) and damage assessment, preparation of field forms, etc. Future legislation changes in order to make the BET more efficient have also been discussed. With this meeting the beginning of the BET protocol in Bulgaria has begun.
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