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MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS VRANCEA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY LIFE08NAT/RO/000500 - Implementation Unit

LIFE NATURE LIFE08/NAT/RO/000500 LIFE+ LIFE URSUS Best practices and demonstrative actions for conservation of Ursus arctos species in the Eastern Carpathinas, Romania

FOTO ANNEX Covering the project activities from 15.01.2010 to 31.08.2011

Septembre, 2011

Strada Dinicu Golescu, nr. 2 Focsani, judet Vrancea

www.carnivoremari.ro E-mail: vrancealife@yahoo.co.uk

Tel: + 40 237 206788 Fax: + 40 237 206788 Mobil: 0727 77 41 44


ACTION A.1: Creating the project’s implementing team and the Steering Committee

First Meeting of the Partners (Targul Secuiesc)

The second meeting of partners (Baraolt/Cormos)


ACTION A.4: Analyze the bear damages at the entire project’s area level in order to establish the protection system’s implementing sites

Types of damages produced by bears analized in the project


Types of damages produced by bears analyzed in the project


ACTION C.1:Demonstrative application of a method set for quantitative and qualitative assessment of the bear population

“Camera traps” method – Mounting cameras


Surveying road transects, respecting the methodology


Tetracycline method– direct injection of tetracycline / food with tetracycline


ACTION C.2: Creation and demonstrative working at the entire project’s area level of an entity which will establish the risks and necessary measures in situations created by problem bears

Habituated bears in Tusnad area that were the subject of analyse by the RAT team


Damages analyzed by the RAT team in Covasna county


ACTION C.3: Extending of the Animal Rescue Mobile Unit (ARMU)’s action range at the entire level of the project area and insuring of rapid interventions for capturing, relocating and monitoring of problem bears

Training session for the new members of ARMU team

Enclosures for wild animals from the Centre for Rehabilitation and Monitoring of Large Carnivores in Lepsa Funicular


Pik-up destinated to emergency interventions for wild animals rescue (ARMU)

Transport cage built from lightweight materials, conceived for transport posibility in areas that are inaccesible for autos.


Solar panel for converting solar enercy in electrical energy

Medical intervention room is realized according to sanitarian/veterinary standards and it is endowment with all necessary equipment and furniture


Intervention for the releasing of a poached bear in Ghelinta

ARMU intervention for the the releasing of a poached bear in Ghelinta


The field team transported in Vintileasca locality a cage for capturing the bear having habituation trends

Capturing site for bear specimen having habituation trends in Vintileasca locality


Bear cub took from Lepsa on 23.06.2010

Transfer of bear cub from the Centre in Lepsa to Rehabilitation Centre for Orphan Bears in Balan, Harghita


Bear cub took from Nereju on 2011

Transfer of bear cub to Rehabilitation Centre from Lepsa


Bear cub taken from Bolotesti on 2011. The bear cub was kept in the plastic barrel from the picture

Transfer of bear cub to Rehabilitation Centre from Lepsa


Bear specimen with habituate trends, captured in Bodoc locality, Covasna County

Releasing the bear captured in Bodoc, Covasna in relocation area placed at considerable distance from human areas, in favourable habitats.


Bear specimen with habituate trends, captured in Malnas locality, Covasna County

Releasing the bear captured in Malnas, Covasna in relocation area placed at considerable distance from human areas, in favorable habitats.


Monitorizing one problem bear in Lepsa/Vrancea county

Female bear captured toghether with her two cubs in Tusnad, Harghita county. The three bears were relocated according to RAT documentation .


Medical evaluation of a deer at the center of Lepsa

In the first part of the rehabilitation , the deer needed hand feeding with milk


In the first part of the rehabilitation , the deers needed hand feeding with milk

Deer in the rehabilitation center Lepsa/Vrancea County


ACTION C.4: Reducing of juvenile mortality caused by human disturbance with the protection of hibernation dens in the cub nourishing period

Bear cub near a den. Arva area/Vrancea County

Dens dug located in the ground . Turia area


Dens in the trunk of an old tree. Sagau/Vrancea County

Natural cavities used by bears for winter sleep. Varghis/Covasna County


Measuring a cavity formed between large blocks of rock.

Active dens dug at the base of a tree of considerable size


Monitorizing of a den with video cameras during winter

Natural cavities used by bears for winter sleep. Harghita County


Mounting of video cameras and thermal senzors in bear dens.


Bear in den in Harghita county

Bear monitorized with a n external camera, mounted near the den


ACTION C5: Lobby for adopting by the Environmental Ministry (MM) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MADR) of a methodological guide on the optimal methods of assessing the brown bear population

Workshop 23-24 februarie Lepsa


ACTION C.6: Implementing at the entire project level of several demonstrative crop, livestock and farm protection systems by using repelent equippment and substances

System for defending corn crops with complex consisting of electric fence and acoustic/visual system, within the locality BârseĹ&#x;ti

Plum orchard protected with electric fence Orjoaga point, instead. Soveja


Acoustic and visual system installed around a grove of plum trees within the locality Spulber/Vrancea County

Acoustic and visual components of the system used for crop protection and sheepfolds


Installing of an electric fence at a sheep farm in the vecinity of SCI Madaras, Harghita County


Electric fence installed in a sheepfold of the locality Carta, Harghita County

Installin of an electric fence at a sheep farm in the vecinity of Danesti/Covasna County


Covasna bees farms protected by electric fence

Electrified fence mounted within the locality Gura Vaii/Vrancea County


Electrified fence mounted within the locality Sandominic/Harghita County

Electrified fence mounted within the locality Vintileasca/Vrancea County


Installing of an electric fence to a culture in Soveja area

Electric fence installed in a sheepfold of the locality Carta, Harghita County


ACTION C.7 Analyze of the degradation and fragmentation level of the brown bear habitats.

Analyze of fragmentation impact of the transport infrastructure. Bear killed by train at Bixad

Bear decapitated by train at Bixad


Bear injured by car in Bodoc

Forest habitats favorable for bears being fragmented by biulding of acces roads


ACTION D.1: Promotion of the project, it’s objectives and results

Meeting with students of a school in St. George to promote the project and the need to conserve target species

Meeting with representatives of institutions involved in the management of bears in Harghita County


Competition on brown bear conservation in schools organized by EPA Covasna (Earth Day)

Meeting with representatives of institutions involved in the management of bears in Covasna County


ACTION D.2: Install notice boards

Panel mounted at the ANCV –Orfhan Cubs Rehabilitation Center

Panel mounted at the EPA Harghita office


Panel mounted at the EPA Covasna office

Panel mounted at the EPA Vrancea office


Panou montat in SCI Herculian

Panou montat la Lepsa


Panou montat la SCI Balvanyos

Panou montat in SCI Putna-Vrancea


ACTION D.3: Awareness campaign for promoting the brown bear’s conservation and conflict reduction methods.

Press conference help on the field with the media in Vrancea county


Field trips with mass-media - Harghita

Field trips with mass-media - Covasna


ACTION D.5: Awareness campaign for promoting the communitarian interest sites, designated for large carnivore conservation, and for promoting the socio-economical benefits generated by the Natura 2000 site status

Field trip with students from Vintileasca at the LIFE project Rehabilitation Center

Journalist John Eldrige(Bruxelles) visits one of the the sheepfolds protected with electric fences


Informing activities for targeted groups


ACTION D.6 Awareness campaign for promoting local traditional products of farmers and handcrafters as tool to improve coexistence with brown bears in Natura 2000 sites

Natural berries syrups

Pollen, comb honey and wax products in Natura 2000 sites


Masks made out of certified wood products popular in the village Nereju / Vrancea

Smoked curd product with footprint and bear profile marks, produced in the campaign for promoting traditional products of farmers and handcrafters as tool to improve coexistence with brown bears


Pollen, comb honey and wax products in Natura 2000 sites

Dairy products in a sheepfold protected by electric fences


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