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The brown bear is one of the most widely distributed terrestrial mammals in the world. In Europe, its strongholds are in the east and north, with healthy populations in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Romania and the Balkans. In contrast, the Italian and Spanish populations are isolated and in decline, threatened by habitat loss and persecution, while reintroduction of the species into the Pyrennees has proved difficult and controversial.

Wild Wonders of Europe missions photographed the European brown bear in Finland, Slovakia, Romania and the Russian Caucasus, capturing all kinds of interesting behaviour, including swimming, fighting, cubs playing and interaction with wolves.
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) close-up of face, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) close-up of face, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
RF- Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) running, Suomussalmi, Finland. July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Wild  Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / RF- Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) running, Suomussalmi, Finland. July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two cubs, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008 WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION Wild Wonders kids book.  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two cubs, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008 WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION Wild Wonders kids book.
Eurasian brown bear portrait (Ursus arctos) Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear portrait (Ursus arctos) Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
RF- Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) close-up of face, Suomussalmi, Finland. July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Wild  Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / RF- Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) close-up of face, Suomussalmi, Finland. July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
European brown bear (Ursus arctos) Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / European brown bear (Ursus arctos) Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) close-up of face, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008 WWE OUTDOOR EXHIBITION. WWE BOOK. PRESS IMAGE.  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) close-up of face, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008 WWE OUTDOOR EXHIBITION. WWE BOOK. PRESS IMAGE.
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Eurasian Brown bears {Ursus arctos} fighting in water, Kuikka, Kuhmo, Finland. July 2008, USED IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD WONDERS ARTICLE, MAY 2010  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian Brown bears {Ursus arctos} fighting in water, Kuikka, Kuhmo, Finland. July 2008, USED IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD WONDERS ARTICLE, MAY 2010
Two European brown bears (Ursus arctos) fighting, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Two European brown bears (Ursus arctos) fighting, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) with three cubs, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) with three cubs, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
European grey wolf (Canis lupus) interacting with a European brown bear (Ursus arctos) Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / European grey wolf (Canis lupus) interacting with a European brown bear (Ursus arctos) Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) mother and cub, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) mother and cub, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub portrait, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub portrait, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) two cubs  standing rear view, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) two cubs standing rear view, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub standing and looking, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub standing and looking, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Two Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cubs, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Two Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cubs, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Two Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cubs fighting, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Two Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cubs fighting, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cubs fighting while playing, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cubs fighting while playing, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cubs fighting while playing, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cubs fighting while playing, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
European brown bear (Ursus arctos) walking, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / European brown bear (Ursus arctos) walking, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009
RF- European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with mouth open, Kuhmo, Finland. July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Wild  Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / RF- European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with mouth open, Kuhmo, Finland. July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
European brown bear (Ursus arctos) Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / European brown bear (Ursus arctos) Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009
European grey wolf (Canis lupus) carrying prey interacting with a European Brown bear (Ursus arctos) Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / European grey wolf (Canis lupus) carrying prey interacting with a European Brown bear (Ursus arctos) Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) investigating camera, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) investigating camera, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) looking at camera in protective case, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) looking at camera in protective case, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) close up of paw while investigating remote camera, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) close up of paw while investigating remote camera, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2008
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) close up of nose while investigates remote camera, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2008. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION.  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) close up of nose while investigates remote camera, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2008. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION.
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) close-up of face, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) close-up of face, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) shaking off water, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) shaking off water, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2008
European brown bear (Ursos arctos) resting after swimming in lake, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Cairns
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Cairns / European brown bear (Ursos arctos) resting after swimming in lake, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009
European brown bear (Ursus arctos) standing on hind legs with water dipping from paws, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / European brown bear (Ursus arctos) standing on hind legs with water dipping from paws, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) mother with three cubs viewed from a hide, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) mother with three cubs viewed from a hide, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cubs mouthing while playing, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cubs mouthing while playing, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) early evening, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2008. Exclusive Japanese calendar rights for 2014  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) early evening, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2008. Exclusive Japanese calendar rights for 2014
European brown bear (Ursus arctos) walking, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / European brown bear (Ursus arctos) walking, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) rubbing back against tree, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstra / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) rubbing back against tree, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
RF- European brown bear (Ursus arctos) standing on rear legs, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Wild  Wonders of Europe / Cairns
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Cairns / RF- European brown bear (Ursus arctos) standing on rear legs, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
European brown bear (Ursos arctos) backlit by sun, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009 WWE BOOK  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Cairns
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Cairns / European brown bear (Ursos arctos) backlit by sun, Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009 WWE BOOK
RF- Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) mother walking with cub, Suomussalmi, Finland. July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Wild  Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / RF- Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) mother walking with cub, Suomussalmi, Finland. July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub walking, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Widstrand / Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub walking, Suomussalmi, Finland, July 2008
Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two yearling cubs walking down steep slope, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two yearling cubs walking down steep slope, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two yearling cubs walking on snow field on mountain ridge, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two yearling cubs walking on snow field on mountain ridge, Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two yearling cubs feeding amongst Dwarf pines (Pinus mugo) Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis
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Wild Wonders of Europe / D'Amicis / Female European brown bear (Ursus arctos) with two yearling cubs feeding amongst Dwarf pines (Pinus mugo) Western Tatras, Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, June 2009
Young Caucasian brown bear (Ursus arctos meridionalis) maybe 2 years, grazing on slopes above the treeline, Alibek valley near Dombay, Caucasus, Russia, Teberdinsky biosphere reserve, July 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Schandy / Young Caucasian brown bear (Ursus arctos meridionalis) maybe 2 years, grazing on slopes above the treeline, Alibek valley near Dombay, Caucasus, Russia, Teberdinsky biosphere reserve, July 2008
European brown bear (Ursus arctos) looking down from tree, captive, Private Bear Park, near Brasov, Romania, October 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Dörr
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Dörr / European brown bear (Ursus arctos) looking down from tree, captive, Private Bear Park, near Brasov, Romania, October 2008
European brown bear (Ursus arctos) in tree, captive, Private Bear Park, near Brasov, Romania, October 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Dörr
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Dörr / European brown bear (Ursus arctos) in tree, captive, Private Bear Park, near Brasov, Romania, October 2008