Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Carnivora > Family: Ursidae > Genus: Ursus > Species: Ursus arctos > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Ursus arctos isabellinus Horsfield, 1826 CITES (2006)

Brown bear - Ursus arctos Linnaeus, 1758

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Favourable
Atlantic - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Boreal - Favourable
Continental - Favourable
Mediterranean - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 4 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 472 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • heathland and shrub
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • grassland
  • sparsely vegetated land
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code 1354


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
ES0000003 Spain Picos de Europa Map
ES0000022 Spain Aigüestortes Map
ES0000054 Spain Somiedo Map
ES0000055 Spain Fuentes del Narcea y del Ibias Map
ES0000123 Spain Larra-Aztaparreta Map
ES0000128 Spain Sierra de San Miguel Map
ES0000130 Spain Sierra de Arrigorrieta y Peña Ezkaurre Map
ES0000137 Spain Los Valles Map
ES0000149 Spain Posets - Maladeta Map
ES0000198 Spain Liébana Map
ES0000210 Spain Alto Sil Map
ES0000250 Spain Sierra de Híjar Map
ES0000251 Spain Sierra del Cordel y cabeceras del Nansa y del Saja Map
ES0000278 Spain Viñamala Map
ES0000281 Spain El Turbón y Sierra de Sís Map
ES0000315 Spain Ubiña-La Mesa Map
ES0000374 Spain Ancares Map
ES1120001 Spain Ancares - Courel Map
ES1120006 Spain Carballido Map
ES1200001 Spain Picos de Europa (Asturias) Map
ES1200002 Spain Muniellos Map
ES1200008 Spain Redes Map
ES1200010 Spain Montovo-La Mesa Map
ES1200011 Spain Peña Ubiña Map
ES1200012 Spain Caldoveiro Map
ES1200014 Spain Sierra de los Lagos Map
ES1200037 Spain Aller-Lena Map
ES1200041 Spain Peña Manteca-Genestaza Map
ES1200046 Spain Valgrande Map
ES1300001 Spain Liébana Map
ES1300021 Spain Valles altos del Nansa y Saja y Alto Campoo Map
ES2200009 Spain Larrondo-Lakartxela Map
ES2410001 Spain Los Valles - Sur Map
ES2410003 Spain Los Valles Map
ES2410011 Spain Cabecera del Río Aguas Limpias Map
ES2410040 Spain Puertos de Panticosa, Bramatuero y Brazatos Map
ES2410049 Spain Río Isábena Map
ES2410056 Spain Sierra de Chía - Congosto de Seira Map
ES2410059 Spain El Turbón Map
ES4130003 Spain Picos de Europa en Castilla y León Map
ES4130010 Spain Sierra de los Ancares Map
ES4130035 Spain Valle de San Emiliano Map
ES4130037 Spain Hoces de Vegacervera Map
ES4130050 Spain Montaña Central de León Map
ES4130149 Spain Omaña Map
ES4140011 Spain Fuentes Carrionas y Fuente Cobre-Montaña Palentina Map
ES5130003 Spain Alt Pallars Map
ES5130004 Spain Baish Aran Map
ES5130005 Spain Era Artiga de Lin - Eth Portilhon Map
ES5130006 Spain Estanho de Vielha Map
FR7200742 France Massif du Moulle de Jaout Map
FR7200743 France Massif du Ger et du Lurien Map
FR7200744 France Massif de Sesques et de l'Ossau Map
FR7200745 France Massif du Montagnon Map
FR7200746 France Massif de l'Anie et d'Espelunguère Map
FR7200747 France Massif du Layens Map
FR7300821 France Vallée de l'Isard, mail de Bulard, pics de Maubermé, de Serre-Haute et du Crabère Map
FR7300822 France Vallée du Riberot et massif du Mont Valier Map
FR7300827 France Vallée de l'Aston Map
FR7300831 France Quérigut, Laurenti, Rabassolles, Balbonne, la Bruyante, haute vallée de l'Oriège Map
FR7300880 France Haute vallée d'Oô Map
FR7300881 France Haute vallée de la Pique Map
FR7300883 France Haute vallée de la Garonne Map
FR7300884 France Zones rupestres xérothermiques du bassin de Marignac, Saint-Béat, pic du Gar, montagne de Rié Map
GR1250001 Greece OROS OLYMPOS Map
GR1340003 Greece ORI VARNOUNTA Map
GR2130005 Greece LIMNI IOANNINON Map
IT2040008 Italy Cime di Plator e Monte delle Scale Map
IT2040010 Italy Valle del Braulio - Cresta di Reit Map
IT2040014 Italy Valle e Ghiacciaio dei Forni - Val Cedec - Gran Zebrù - Cevedale Map
IT2040044 Italy Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio Map
IT2060001 Italy Valtorta e Valmoresca Map
IT2060003 Italy Alta Val Brembana - Laghi Gemelli Map
IT2060004 Italy Alta Val di Scalve Map
IT2060005 Italy Val Sedornia - Val Zurio - Pizzo della Presolana Map
IT2060008 Italy Valle Parina Map
IT2060009 Italy Val Nossana - Cima di Grem Map
IT2070016 Italy Cima Comer Map
IT2070021 Italy Valvestino Map
IT2070022 Italy Corno della Marogna Map
IT3110038 Italy Ultimo - Solda nel Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio Map
IT3110039 Italy Ortles - Monte Madaccio nel Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio Map
IT3110040 Italy Alpe di Cavallaccio nel Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio Map
IT3120093 Italy Crinale Pichea - Rocchetta Map
IT3120094 Italy Alpe di Storo e Bondone Map
IT3120127 Italy Monti Tremalzo e Tombea Map
IT3230006 Italy Val Visdende - Monte Peralba - Quaterna' Map
IT3230031 Italy Val Tovanella Bosconero Map
IT3230077 Italy Foresta del Cansiglio Map
IT3230078 Italy Gruppo del Popera - Dolomiti di Auronzo e di Val Comelico Map
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IT3230085 Italy Comelico - Bosco della Digola - Brentoni - Tudaio Map
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Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora - consolidated version 01/01/2007 (EU Habitats Directive) Except the Estonian, Finnish, and Swedish populations
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) (All species of Ursidae)

Resolution No. 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention lists the species requiring specific habitat conservation measures [and the designation of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCIs) forming for the Emerald network]
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Commission regulation (EU) No 1320/2014, of 1 December 2014, amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (EU regulation of trade of fauna and flora)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Ariu Albanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Barna medve Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Björn Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Bjørn Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Braunbär German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Bronge Bier Luxemburgish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Brown bear English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Bruine beer Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Brun bjorn Danish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Brun bjørn Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Brunbjørn Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Karhu Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lacis Latvian Latvian NRC
Mrki medvjed Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
niedzwiedz brunatny Polish Polish NRC
Ors Maltese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Orso bruno Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Oso pardo Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ours brun French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Pruunkaru Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rjavi medved Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rudasis lokys Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Skógarbjörn Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Urs Romanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Urs-brun Romanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Urso Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Ursus ursus Boddaert, 1772
Ursus arctos niger Gmelin, 1788
Ursus arctos fuscus Gmelin, 1788
Ursus arctos albus Gmelin, 1788
Ursus arctos griseus Kerr, 1792
Ursus arctos rufus Borkhausen, 1797
Ursus badius Schrank, 1798
Ursus alpinus Fischer, 1814
Ursus arctos major Nilsson, 1820
Ursus arctos minor Nilsson, 1820
Ursus arctos brunneus Billberg, 1827
Ursus arctos annulatus Billberg, 1827
Ursus arctos argenteus Billberg, 1827
Ursus myrmephagus Billberg, 1827
Ursus formicarius Billberg, 1828
Ursus pyrenaicus Fischer, 1829
Ursus norvegicus Fischer, 1829
Ursus falciger Reichenbach, 1836
Ursus pyrenaeus Cuvier, 1842
Ursus euryrhinus Nilsson, 1847
Myrmarctos eversmanni Gray, 1864

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CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
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NCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Species+ Species+ by UNEP-WCMC
Wikipedia Wikipedia

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