This documentary is at the centre of the most exciting and most controversial rewilding programme in the history of Europe. The return of the bears. This can be the ultimate success story, showing that we are ready to share the land with a predator, which we previously hunted to extinction in large parts of Europe. Scientists hope that the reintroduction will have a positive impact on the entire ecosystem.
The film The Return of the Bears compares how brown bears are living and coexisting with humans in Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania and the Abruzzo National Park in Italy, where they have never been extinct, to the situation in the French Pyrenees and the Trentino in the North of Italy, where they are currently being reintroduced.
But is Europe ready to accept the burden it takes to coexist with brown bears?