First brown bear for 150 years seen in national park in northern Spain

A brown bear has been spotted traversing a rugged and sparsely populated area of north-west Spain for the first time in 150 years thanks to a set of camera traps and a bit of luck.

Images of the animal were captured on cameras set up by a crew shooting the film Montaña ou Morte (Mountain or Death) in the Invernadeiro national park in Galicia’s Ourense province.

Although the area is home to wolves, deer and wild boars, this is believed to be the first time a brown bear has been seen in more than a century.

“The bear, a male aged between three and five, is the first to be filmed in the area and probably the first to have crossed through the region in the past 150 years,” the production company Zeitun Films said in a statement.

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Ricardo Prieto Rochas and Tomás Pérez Hernández said the animal’s time in the park showed the region could play home to others of its species.

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