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The Marsican bear (Ursus arctos marsicanus) is a subspecies of brown bear that lives in the central Italian Apennines. It is an endangered species, with an estimated population of around 50-60 individuals.
The Marsican bear population has been separated from that of the other brown bear subspecies for about 400-600 years. This period of isolation has led to significant genetic and morphological differentiation between the two populations. The Marsican bear is therefore a unique species, with characteristics that distinguish it from the other brown bear subspecies.
Although the brown bear has been protected in Italy since 1939, illegal killings, combined with habitat loss and other factors, still pose a serious threat to the species.