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Machu Picchu: monitoring checks presence of Andean bear

Biological monitoring carried out over three years in the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (Cusco) revealed the presence of the Andean bear (spectacled bear) in more than 95% of the protected natural area. This discovery is important because, in previous studies, it was assured that the habitat of this species was restricted to zones of the northwest of the sanctuary.

José Nieto, director of Management of Natural Protected Areas of the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (Sernanp) said that this monitoring has allowed to establish the current status of the Andean bear or eyeglass bear population within Machu Picchu. With this he said, a basis has been set for future assessments and conservation plans.

In Peru there are ten protected natural areas that have Andean bear conservation species, which is why the Sernanp seeks to improve strategies for monitoring and conservation of the species.

The results of the research were presented as part of the activities for the 36th anniversary of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu which is celebrated this 8th of January.

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