Video Feature: Russian Winters are Cold Towards Brown Bears
FACTS about Russian Brown Bears.
As winter creeps up on us and the snow begins to paint a surreal image over evergreen landscapes in Russia, not everyone is sitting cozy inside their mountain homes. This year, once again Russian native brown bears, the last remaining population in all of Europe, will face an imminent fight for survival during what is should be a peacefully, rejuvenating, hibernation period.
Mom, with her newly born blind, deaf and toothless cubs (an inherent characteristic) can do little to protect her family from American and European sport hunters. Hunting dogs can easily locate a hibernating family, making it no longer safe to hibernate in the depths of Russian forests.
This video was shot during the winter season and illustrates an all too familiar scene witnessed by Valentin Pazhetnov (founder of the IFAW funded Orphan Bear Project). Adults are hunted for several reasons: sport, skin, gall bladders, and meat. The cubs that are left orphaned are often sold to circuses. However, the lucky ones end up Pazhetnov’s rehab center where they are cared for and released back into the wild.
Share this video with as many people as you can. I have yet to see a similar video that illustrates the true story behind bear hunting in Russia.