Bears face a number of serious threats, each originating from human beings. Only by changing human attitudes to bears and their habitats can we begin to address the threats they face at our hands. Follow the links below for more information on specific threats.
Bears are illegally killed as trophies, for their pelts or body parts, because they are seen as a threat or nuisance. Cubs are poached for use in bear bile farming, to be used as dancing bears or as pets.
Destruction and fragmentation of bear habitat seriously increases the risks of confrontation between bears and humans. Usually there is only one winner; and it isn’t the bears.
Roads and railways are a source of both direct and indirect mortality for bears. Bears are killed in collisions but many more die because of the adverse, indirect effects of roads and railways.
Page updated 16 February 2021