Bears in Germany — Found

Bears are common in some parts of Europe—Romania for example—but had not been seen in Germany since 1835. The news article is Bear Reported in Germany, First for 170 Years.

BERLIN (AFP) – A bear has been reported in Germany for the first time since 1835, police at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps said, following the discovery of seven sheep carcasses. The animal crossed into Germany from Austria, where about 30 bears live, and was spotted near the border on Thursday after destroying a beehive.

The German Alps are rugged, but also densely populated. I took the following photograph from the outskirts of Garmish-Partenkirchen, standing right next to the entrance to the U.S. military base there. The highest peak is Zugspitze; at 2962 m (9718 ft) the highest point in Germany.

Bears are, of course, much more common in the United States. Grizzly bears live in Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Washington, though their native range was much larger. Black bears are native to 49 states (not Hawaii), and still live in 40-43 states. The current population of black bears in the U.S. is in the 400,000 range, including >100,000 in Alaska. For a census of black bears in the U.S., click here or here.
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