The LIFE AMYBEAR project deals with the recorded increase in the incidents of human and bear interaction in the areas of Amyntaio and Florina Municipalities. This "interaction" creates problems that have been known for many years, such as damages to rural economic activities (livestock farming, beekeeping, crops), as well as others that have been observed relatively recently at a remarkable intensity, such as the approach of bears to settlements or the increase of the number of road accidents involving bears.

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Four workshops will be held from 16th to 19th of April at the Municipality Council of
Amyntaio. The workshops are organized under Action C1 of the LIFE AMYBEAR project. The
aim of this action is to consult with the local community and the contribution of all its
stakeholders to the achievement of the objectives of the project: to improve the coexistence
of man and bear. For each workshop, a series of initial speeches is scheduled and then a
discussion between the participants. The workshops have the following goals:

13 Apr 2018

On 29/3/2018 07:00 a.m. the Department of Forests of Florina of the Decentralized Administration of Epirus-Western Macedonia
was notified by telephone by the Hellenic Police for a car accident between a passing vehicle and a bear in the 12th km of
Amyntaio- Kastoria and specifically at Aetos Amyntaiou. The members of the Rapid Response Team of the Forestry Division of
Florina immediately rushed to the area, spotting the bear a hundred meters from the road in an adjacent field.

29 Mar 2018


Kastoria, 7 February 2018

We invite you to attend the meeting for the exchange of experience and good practices in bear population management organized by the Decentralized Administration of Epirus-Western Macedonia for the Rapid Response Teams of Kastoria, Florina, Grevena and Kozani (area of responsibility of the Kozani and Tsotyliou Forestry), in the framework of the implementation of the LIFE AMYBEAR project, which will be held at the meeting room of the Regional Council of Kastoria at 9.00 am.

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20 Feb 2018

On July 19, 2017, and around 3:00 am, another road accident was reported involving a bear as its victim on the new Amyntaio - Florina highway at the height of the "Kleidi" area in Amyntaio, in particular in the area of Orovos. To the unlucky animal, a young male, death came instantly due to internal bleeding caused by the violent conflict. Despite the damage to the car, the driver continued his journey and the traffic police was informed of the body of the animal by other drivers.

20 Feb 2018