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    Brown Bears Make a Comeback in Spain

    They’re clawing their way back to a stable population, thanks to conservation efforts aimed at keeping Europe’s large carnivores from extinction. But decades with a reduced population have left residents unprepared to deal with the influx of Ursus arctos, who tend to damage beehives and orchards when there aren’t enough nuts and berries to sustain them. Conservationists hope a rising bear population will appeal to animal lovers and revitalize rural Spain’s ecotourism — but others warn that more tourists and cars wouldn’t exactly be good for the bears.

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