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This unusual behaviour had already been ...
This unusual behaviour had already been detected in 2012 in Spain's northern Cantabrian mountains, where another 250 brown bears live, but this is the first time that it affects those in the Pyrenees, said Guillermo Palomero, head of the Brown Bear Foundation.
told AFP that this was not necessarily detrimental for sows, which lose a lot of energy suckling and can compensate their non-hibernation by eating and filling up on calories.
"But that doesn't mean that climate change is good for them," he
said, adding that experts were examining how higher temperatures could affect the availability of bear food such as acorns, wild berries or beechnuts.
On 2nd March, Carlos Sanchez, President ...
On 2nd March, Carlos Sanchez, President of the Spanish National Committee of IUCN Members and of the Foundation for Man and Nature (FNYH in Spanish), together with Juan Carlos del Olmo, Secretary General of WWF-Spain, and Guillermo Palomero, President of the Brown Bear Foundation, presented a proposal based entirely on the conservation of biodiversity, priority species and their habitats. ... | Spanish
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The bear, a young male, probably belonged to the Alto Sil nucleus in León and was accidentally run-over whilst searching for a new territory, said Guillermo Palomero of the Brown Bear Foundation.
Iberia - (Travel Daily News)
This year the "Aguila Imperial Iberica" will be followed by the "Lince Iberico" (Iberian lynx), the "Oso Pardo" (brown bear), the "Ciguena Negra" (black swan), the Urogallo (capercaillie), the "Nutria", the "Buho Real" (royal owl), the "Avutarda" (great bustard) and the "Halcon Peregrino" (peregrine falcon), sponsored respectively by Astrid Vargas, Director of the Iberian Lynx Conservation Programme; Guillermo Palomero, President of the Brown Bear Foundation; Antonio Perez Henares, writer and journalist; Fernando Ballesteros, advisor to the Ministry of the Environment on programmes to preserve the capercaillie; Juan Carlos del Olmo, Secretary General of WWF/ADENA (the Spanish chapter of the World Wildlife Fund); Ernesto Olivarez, president of GREFA (Native Fauna and Habitat Rehabilitation Group); Alejandro Sanchez, Executive Director of the Spanish Ornithological Society; and Odile Rodriguez de la Fuente, Director of the Felix Rodriguez de la Fuente Foundation.
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
"If the winter is mild, the female bears find it is energetically worthwhile to make the effort to stay awake and hunt for food," said Guillermo Palomero, Spain's Brown Bear Foundation (La Fundación Oso Pardo - FOP) president and the coordinator of a national plan for bear conservation.
"Mother bears with cubs make the effort to seek out nuts and berries if these have been plentiful, and snow is scarce," Mr Palomero said, adding that even for those bears - mostly mature males - who do close down for the winter, "their hibernation period gets shorter every year".