The latest study (Spring 2021) entitled “Cantabrian bears. Demographics, coexistence and conservation challenges”. has now been published and makes fascinating reading.
Corresponding to its singularity, ecological value and its rarity, the Cantabrian brown bear is protected under the highest legal protection categories of the different administrations. It is considered a Priority Species in the European Union Habitats Directive, is strictly protected under the Bern Convention for the protection of the European wildlife and is also categorised as “Endangered” in the Spanish Catalogue of Threatened Species. Given these categorisations, the state and regional administrations are confronted with the challenge of conserving the bear at the same time as protecting the numerous uses of the mountains they inhabit.
You can find the link to the pdf download of the publication here.