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Family of Bears Seek Refuge in Greek Village (video)

Greek forestry officials and animal welfare specialists removed a bear and her two newborn cubs from an abandoned house where they had found refuge near Florina, in the north of the country.
Residents of the mountainous village of Drosopigi alerted the authorities to their presence on Wednesday.

The police were called in to create a safety cordon around the house, as onlookers gathered to take a glimpse of the animals.
Specialists from conservation groups Arcturos and Callisto were called in to force the bear family away from the village and into the forest.
Callisto biologist George Mertzanis said that the mother-bear, which appeared to be between 7 and 10 years old, sought refuge in an inhabited area to protect her cubs.
“It is a reproductive period for the bears and experienced mothers try to protect their cubs from unpleasant encounters with males who can kill them,” he said.
Drosopigi, on the slopes of Mount Vitsi, has plenty of empty or abandoned houses and offers a safe environment for bears and their offspring.
According to a recent study by Arcturos, Greece’s bear population has made a slight recovery and is both numerically and genetically more robust.
It was estimated that the bear population of Greece numbers at least 450 individuals.

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