26 Nov The Corsa della Bora with the WWF for the project Bear 2 x 50.
Let’s double the population of the Marsican Brown Bear together by 2050.
The race against the extinction of the bear is a race against time. There are only 50 individuals of this species left in the Apennine mountains and 50 others in the Italian Alps.
S1 Trail and Trieste Atletica are united on the occasion of the Race of the Bora also to contribute to the protection of the bear, a species that is a symbol of Europe’s wild nature and, as far as the Apennine population is concerned, even unique in the world.
The endemic subspecies of the Marsican brown bear (Ursus arctors marsicanus) lives in a small area of just over 4000 square kilometres.
The Marsican brown bear is a part of our world heritage is a heritage of each one of us: its loss would mean losing a unique subspecies.
From 1994 to 2018, 63% of brown bears died from human-related causes and of these, 40% died from poaching!
THE RACE …OF THE BEAR
Not everyone knows that the bear is able to run 100 meters faster than the athletic champion Usain Bolt and that at the same time is an untiring walker is a real long distance runner: a bear can travel dozens of miles in a single night in search of food and territories to discover.
BUT YOU CAN TAKE A STEP FURTHER: Become a bear testimonial for the WWF by registering on www.wwf.it or adopting a bear.
READ MORE ON WWF PROJECT 2×50:
FIND THE INFO POINT OF THE WWF AT THE STARTING POINT OF THE RACE: each person who signs the petition to protect the bear will be given a special gadget.
WWF ACTION to protect the bear
The activities foreseen by the project are multiple, and cover 5 areas of intervention:
- Reduction of mortality caused by human activities and improvement of ecological connectivity, restoring and securing the bears’ crossings along the possible corridors of dispersion.
- Conflict management and reduction through the adoption of prevention tools, such as electrified fences for livestock and apiaries, but also by collecting the fruit that has fallen around the towns to avoid them from entering the villages.
- Collaboration in the research and monitoring activities of the bodies responsible for the conservation and protection of this species.
- Proposals to improve current legislation, with the establishment of new protected areas, better health management of dogs and livestock that can transmit diseases to the bear.
- Communication and awareness-raising of local populations, tourists and administrators, so that the immense value of the Marsican bear is recognised and their choices can be directed towards greater respect and protection, sharing the many success stories of the past years.