Brown bears in Bulgaria

With some  600-800 brown bears, Bulgaria is one of the best countries for watching bears in Europe . This short holiday in the Rodopi Mountains offers you the chance to see bears in Bulgaria. Bear sightings are not guaranteed though they reckon you have a 90% chance of observing wild brown bears during the best periods.

Ensuring continuity of large carnivore habitats in Bulgaria through saving bio-corridors for their migrations

Bulgaria is a predominantly mountainous country with good populations of wolves and bears. The lynx has been exterminated at the beginning of 1940s, but is recently recovering naturally from Serbia, through the west Bulgarian border. The golden jackal has populated almost the whole country in lower altitudes, near water sources.

Bulgaria is a predominantly mountainous country with good populations of wolves and bears.

Antidote campaign and Reduction of threats of wolves and bears by human intervention based on poison

The inability of farmers to defend the livestock from predator attacks cause large number of livestock losses and make locals desperate and helpless. The local authorities are often incapable in giving adequate proposals to meet peoples’ need and wildlife conservation, and even worse, sometimes underrate the problem. This aggravates the locals in to use illegal methods of persecuting bears, wolves or jackals by poaching or setting up poison baits. The latter is widely used in the target region despite it being a strong offence against several acts (Biodiversity Conservation Act, Hunting Act and Bern Convention)

Brown bear kills a man near Smolyan village – Bulgaria

A Bulgarian brown bear attacked and clawed a man to death near the Smolyan village of Koutela. As a consequence, the authorities have ordered the bear killed, according to Environmental Minister Nona Karadjova. The minister said that such events are rare and that this was an “exceptional case”.

Recession rescues Bulgaria’s brown bears

Despite reports to the contrary, the whole planet is not suffering from the global recession. Bulgaria’s brown bears are literally saving their skins because hunters can no longer afford the high costs of shooting them. The Singapore Straits Times quoted a newspaper headline, „”Hunters, calculate before you shoot!” This after a French hunter apparently missed a huge bear in southern Bulgaria on purpose, saying he could not afford the $20,000. cost of the troph

Wildlife viewing Bears, Wolves and Eagles in Bulgaria

The Central Balkan National Park is among the largest and most valuable protected areas in Europe. Recently it become the fourth member of PAN Parks. It occupies a territory of 716 sq.km with a total length of 85 km and average width of 10 km. The park has been established to protect the unique complex of self-regulated ecosystems. The park provides home for 59 mammal species and 123 species of birds breeding there. The scenery is magnificent: century old forests of beach, spruce and fir, high mountain meadows, huge cliffs, deep gorges, canyons and waterfalls. The park is one of the last existing habitats of the Brown Bear and the Wolf in Europe.

Brown Bears and Birds in Bulgaria

A 5-day tour focusing on Brown Bear watching in the most virgin areas of the Western Rhodopes Mountains. Bulgaria hosts one of the most stable populations of Brown Bear in Europe. About 800 animals inhabit the mountains in the central and southwestern parts of the country. The Western Rhodopes are one of the biggest mountain massifs on the Balkan peninsular, with great significance for the conservation of vast deciduous forests and unique pseudo-boreal conifer forests. The Western Rhodopes are the main refuge of the Brown Bear in Bulgaria. They are also home of the Grey Wolf (Canis lupus), the European Wild Cat (Felis silvestris) and the Balkan subspecies of Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balcanica). Depending on the time of the year you will have bigger or smaller chances to see these animals. The bird diversity in the Western Rhodopes is amazing, with nearly 150 breeding species recorded there. The Western Rhodopes hold the biggest breeding population of the Capercaillie in Bulgaria and they are one of the most valuable areas in the country for the conservation of the Hazel Grouse, Honey Buzzard, Black Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Tengmalm’s Owl, Pygmy Owl, European Nightjar, Spotted Nutcracker, Ring Ouzel, etc. On this tour you will have extraordinary chances to see and enjoy many of these special birds.

Brown Bears and Birds in Bulgaria

A 5-day tour focusing on Brown Bear watching in the most virgin areas of the Western Rhodopes Mountains. Bulgaria hosts one of the most stable populations of Brown Bear in Europe. About 800 animals inhabit the mountains in the central and southwestern parts of the country. The Western Rhodopes are one of the biggest mountain massifs on the Balkan peninsular, with great significance for the conservation of vast deciduous forests and unique pseudo-boreal conifer forests. The Western Rhodopes are the main refuge of the Brown Bear in Bulgaria. They are also home of the Grey Wolf (Canis lupus), the European Wild Cat (Felis silvestris) and the Balkan subspecies of Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balcanica). Depending on the time of the year you will have bigger or smaller chances to see these animals. The bird diversity in the Western Rhodopes is amazing, with nearly 150 breeding species recorded there. The Western Rhodopes hold the biggest breeding population of the Capercaillie in Bulgaria and they are one of the most valuable areas in the country for the conservation of the Hazel Grouse, Honey Buzzard, Black Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Tengmalm’s Owl, Pygmy Owl, European Nightjar, Spotted Nutcracker, Ring Ouzel, etc. On this tour you will have extraordinary chances to see and enjoy many of these special birds.