Friday, January 13, 2017

Observational Note

A Syrian bear foraging for food has emerged from Lebanon, where they are believed to be extinct, it marks the first sighting of the species in the country since 1958. The nearest other known location for the bear is 300 miles away in Turkey.
The Syrian bear, one of 16 types of brown bear worldwide, lives in mountain ranges across the Middle East, its conservation status is generally classified as vulnerable in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan and Georgia, but the species is officially extinct in Lebanon, Israel, and as of 2009, in Syria.