Brown bears are found in the Cantabrian Mountains in the autonomous communities of Asturias, Castilla y León (León and Palencia provinces), Cantabria and in a small area of Galicia (Lugo). There are approximately 300 bears.
In the Pyrenees, there are around 50 bears. They move across a vast area covering 6,000 km2 (of normal and occasional presence), although the preferred areas are much smaller and more localised; in Spain the valleys of Roncal (Navarra), plus Ansó and Hecho (Huesca) are visited by a few males, but the areas with a greater presence, above all of breeding females with cubs, are the forests of the Val d’Aran and Pallars Sobirà (Lleida).
Cantabrian brown bear population has greatly increased during the last years, which has subsequently increased the odds of encounters between bears and people. This infographic shows how to act if we have an encounter with a bear.
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