Brown bears are being resettled in Europe. Researchers are trying to protect the large predators, especially in eastern Europe. There problems arise when the bears come too close to human settlements.
Romania has banned bear hunting, shutting down a multi-million-euro industry. Environmentalists are rejoicing, but some locals fear brown bears roaming the Carpathian Mountains may attack livestock - and people.
Romania is developing its range of offers for tourists. Organizers are increasingly relying on tourism that's close to nature, such as guided hikes in the Carpathian Mountains - with encounters with brown bears.
In Romania's Carpathian Mountains, some three hectares of forest are felled every hour. Activist Gabriel Paun is working to stop the illegal practice, but that puts him at risk.
Volunteers are fighting to save some of Europe's last virgin forest by painstakingly mapping areas under government protection. But they say a change of mentality is needed if the EU is to set an international example.
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