Bear bile farms, circuses, dancing bears, bear baiting and animal collections are threatening wild bear populations. You can help fight this exploitation and support the organisations and individuals who are rescuing bears worldwide.
Destruction and fragmentation of bear habitat, for housing development, mining, forestry, agriculture, etc. is increasing the risks of confrontation between bears and humans. and usually there is only one winner…. and it isn’t the bears.
Bears are illegally killed for “sport” (trophy poaching), for their pelts, for body parts or because they are seen as a threat or nuisance. Live bears, usually cubs, are poached for use in bear bile farming, to be used as dancing bears or as pets.
Roads and railways are a source of both direct and indirect mortality for bears. Whilst a number of bears are killed after being in collision with a motor vehicle or train, many more die because of the adverse, indirect effects of roads and railways.
Each of the threats included in the above categories originates from human beings. Only by changing human attitudes to bears and to the habitats in which they survive can we begin to address the threats they face at our hands.
Page updated 23 September 2018