Spaniards Chew on Hungry Bear Issue
Has “don’t feed the bears” become outdated? Like their lupine counterparts in America’s open spaces, bears are being allowed to roam the busy hillsides of Spain. But human inhabitants are annoyed with their ursine neighbors, introduced to restore the food chain and attract tourists. They loot orchards and beehives and, with them, local livelihoods. What to do? Spain’s bear project aims to plant fruit trees to feed their charges, while electric fences protect private crops. That way, they don’t see — or bite — the hands that feed them.