Brown bear (Ursus arctos)
It is the second largest recent land carnivore on Earth after the polar bear. It is disappeared from most of its former territories in Europe. A century ago brown bears roamed in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Syria. Today on the Balkans is preserved one of the largest species' populations on the continent. In the 1970-is brown bears from the Carpathian Mountains (from Romania) were introduced for breeding as trophy animals in the Rhodopes. Thus the genetic purity of our native Bulgarian bears was polluted. An exceptionally valued specimen of an adult male brown bear is kept at the NMNHS. It was prized as the World's largest bear by gold medal at the World hunting exhibition in 1936 in Berlin.