Bruno D'Amicis - Hope
With probably less than 50 individuals left in the wild, the Abruzzi or Marsican brown bear is one of Italy’s most endangered species and a symbol for wilderness conservation in my country. Despite a lot of money invested into its conservation and the constant effort of scientists and rangers, this animal doesn’t have a certain future. On a gorgeous autumn day, I saw two adult bears among the rose shrubs. They paused a little to play their dalliances as if ready to mate. Reproduction mostly occurs in spring, so this could be an unusual observation. Beside the scientific curiosity, this sight surely strengthens my hope for the future of this population.
Location: Abruzzi, Italy
Tags: abruzzi, apennines, autumn, bruno damicis, colors, endangered, marsican brown bear, ursus arctos marsicanus