If you came across a brown bear, chances are you would be just fine. Though they can be unpredictable, they tend to avoid humans and only attack when taken by surprise or if they feel threatened.
For hundreds of years brown bears roamed the Alps in Europe. But in the 18th and 19th centuries their habitats were significantly reduced due to deforestation. In some areas they were also actively hunted.
By the end of the 1990s there were only a handful left in the eastern Brenta range in Italy.
In response, bears were deliberately reintroduced into the area. Seven females and three males were reintroduced between 1999 and 2002, in the hope they would settle and mate.