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Between 1996 and 2006, eight Slovenian bears were released in the French Pyrenees, and France currently has a population of about 40 bears, whose presence divides opinion in regions where they live.In Slovenia, more than 60 percent of respondents in a 2016 survey carried out in areas where bears live said that they were in favor of the bears' presence, even if many also said they would like to see the numbers regulated.Damage to cattle from bear forays has remained stable, at up to 200,000 euros ($231,500) a year, despite the bear population increasing, Cerne said.This year, authorities have proposed culling 200 bears, twice as many as last year.Slovenia's approach could inspire neighboring Romania, home to about 6,000 bears or 60 percent of Europe's estimated bear population, where tourists to villages in the Carpathian Mountains often post pictures online of bears waiting to be hand-fed.The government has proposed 4,000 bears as the ideal number in the country of 20 million people.
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