Brown bear attack

Over the last few weeks I’ve learned that the bear range starts much closer to mine than I’d previously believed and just over a week ago this was confirmed when a 61 year old tourist, just over the border in Poland, was killed by a Eurasian Brown Bear. The attack took place near the town of Olszanice, which is 40 miles, as the crow flies or the bear walks, from mine.

A bear’s range can be anything from 60 sq km to 2600 sq km. While Poland has less than 100 bears, Slovakia has approximately 1000. I guess that scat I found earlier in the year might have been bear after all….

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My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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