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Human-large carnivore encounters

Large carnivores are naturally wary of humans. Since they typically avoid contact with humans, encounters in nature are usually rare.

Large carnivores do not perceive human as prey, rather as a potential danger. Although the fear of large carnivores is therefore redundant, cautiousness when visiting nature is crucial.


In Slovenia, there is no reported wolf attack on human for last 100 years. Even encounters with wolves in nature are very rare.

Eurasian lynx

Human-Eurasian lynx encounters are really rare, mainly because of species low abundance and natural wariness. Until now, Eurasian lynx attack on humans have not been reported.

Brown bear

In comparison with wolf and Eurasian lynx, encounters with brown bears are sligtly more numerous, manily because of their higher abundance in Slovenian area. Nevertheless, encouters are still rare. Some more cases are reported in spring, when brown bears start to leave their winter dens and are more intenesely search for food. In this time of the year, also more people are out in nature. Some more encounters can happen also in summer and autumn, mainly because of mushroom picking, forest fruits and other fruits harvesting.

When visiting nature, we can help avoid negative encounters with brown bears by using proper behaviors. You can access the recommendations for proper behavior in brown bear areas in a leaflet produced within the LIFE DINALP BEAR project.