Only 136 bears were believed to be wandering around Norway last year, 12 fewer than in 2013. The new statistics, from statistics agency Rovdata, indicate the lowest bear population in six years.
The bears are tracked via their droppings and hair, and their numbers haven’t been as low since 2009, according to Morten Kjørstad of Rovdata. He told news bureau NTB that DNA surveillance accounted for 137 bears in 2012.
There now are believed to be fewer bears in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark, down to 34 fro 50 in 2013.