Magazine article Geographical

The Wider View

Magazine article Geographical

The Wider View

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In August last year, Italy's conservationists were up in arms over the fate of 'Daniza' a female brown bear that was accidentally killed during an attempt to capture her following her attack on a local resident. The incident shone a stark light on the issues surrounding the growing 'rewilding' movement--the thinking that mankind needs to step back from nature, let things 'go feral' (in the words of famed environmental journalist George Monbiot) and, where necessary, repopulate species on the edge of extinction. Daniel Allen's feature this month on the Marsican brown bear and the efforts being made to reintroduce the highly endangered species to the Italian Apennine region (see page 38) shows just how man needs to adapt his thinking in order to properly live 'at one' with the natural landscapes that surround us all.

It's not just bears of course. As you read this, Geographical1s website is running a series of articles on rewilding efforts taking place across the globe. …

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