Syrian Brown Bear

Until I read the Iranian Cheetah Society’s news item Syrian Brown Bear in Iran, I was unaware brown bears exist in the Middle East.

Iran is not mentioned in recent compilations or action plans for brown bears and there is no consistent population figure for Iran, with numbers ranging from 500 to 2000 based on “guesstimates”.  According to IUCN species mappings, brown bears have lost vast parts of their range in Iran and are experiencing severe regional extinction, however, this is not supported by recent investigations in the country.
Syrian Brown Bear

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