The brown bears of Notranjska Regional Park are cautious, and so avoided the area where Marc had set up his camera trap, aware something had changed in their environment. However, after 14 long months the box protecting the camera lost all its scent, and the bears finally acclimatised. One morning a young bear strolled up the hill at sunrise ready for its close-up.
Brown bears were once found throughout much of Europe, but today their range is greatly diminished and fragmented. While the trend for Slovenia’s brown bear populations shows a steady growth, just a short distance away in Marc’s Austrian homeland there are very few bears left – their biggest threat is conflict with humans.
Canon 7D + 11–22mm f3.5–4.5 lens; 1/25 sec at f10; ISO 250; Two Nikon SB-28 flashes; Camtraptions PIR motion sensor
Notranjska Regional Park, Dinaric Alps, Slovenia
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Marc Graf, Austria
Marc is a professional photographer, film-maker and conservationist based in Austria. He holds a master's degree in wildlife conservation and ecology. He primarily works on wildlife stories for magazines, conservation institutions, NGOs and television.