Common question: are there any bears in the Czech Republic?
While the answer is generally no, sightings have been on the increase over the past weeks in the Beskydy mountains near the Czech border with Slovakia.
Last week, a report of a bear pursuing a wild boar through the Masaryk riverbed in Beskydy was reported, following other sightings of bears in the area.
On Tuesday, a bear was caught on camera attacking a wild boar in the forests surrounding the village of Staré Hamry.
In both cases, park rangers have confirmed that the bear(s) killed the wild boars.
Conservationists estimate that there are currently three bears roaming the forests in the Beskydy mountain range in eastern Moravia.
While bear sightings are rare in the Czech Republic, there are an estimated 700-900 brown bears living in the wild in Slovakia, and instances of them crossing the border around the Beskydy mountains are not unusual.
What is unusual is the frequency with which the recent reports have been coming in.
Following the wolf packs that have been returning to the Czech Republic in recent years, might bears be the next guests to set up a permanent home?
Time will tell, but take care if you find yourself hiking around the Beskydy mountains in the near future.