New study says half of bear attacks are result of inappropriate human behaviour
Learning how to behave in carnivore habitats can help us avoid encounters.
“From an early age, most of us learn social norms, rules and how to decrease risks in urban environmental settings, but much less effort is expended to teach us how to behave appropriately in areas inhabited by large carnivores,” says Herrero.
The number of people engaging in outdoor leisure activities in areas inhabited by large carnivores has increased over the past few decades, which ultimately increases the probability of an encounter with a large carnivore.
Understanding the circumstances associated with large carnivore attacks is something that Herrero sees as useful to reduce the occurrences. He explains that it is in our hands to change the observed trends.
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February 05, 2016