Helping people face “unbearable” fear

A female brown bear and her cubs, in an animal park. (Michael Dalder/Reuters)
People’s fear of bears can be reduced by raising awareness of where the animals live and how they move, new research says.

The bear is the most dangerous predator in Sweden, and fear of it is justified. However, according to Jens Frank, a researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, too much fear risks being counter-productive.

Radio Sweden spoke with him to find out exactly how afraid we should be, and what to do if we come across a bear in the wild.

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