Marian Baboe via Crowdrise
January 04, 2012
Romania’s fauna was and still is one of the richest and most varied in Europa, boasting some rare and even unique species on the continent. Chamois, brown bears, Carpathian deer, wolves, lynx, martens, capercaillies populate the mountains, while hares, foxes, wild boars, roes, partridges and quails are typical of the hills and plains.
Here's how you can help...
- Donate some cash ($20 to win custom t-shirt)
- Join my team & help fundraise
- Get all your friends to donate.
Living in the surrounding forests, the brown bears of Brasov have been increasing in number since the hunting ban put in place by former dictator Nikolai Ceausescu almost 40 years ago. But Ceausescu's ruling was not in consideration of the bears. A keen hunter, the President's aim was to build up his own hunting grounds, and he alone was permitted to shoot them.
Now however, they're a common sight - in the countryside and in the town. Under cover of darkness they invade the garbage bins of apartment blocks and make a gourmet meal of the Brasovian food scraps. At certain times of the year they're a major drawcard for tourists.
With hunting also making a comeback in Romania, the future for the brown bear is still a little shaky.