Penteriani Vincenzo


My interests are diverse and include: (i) brown bear ecology and behaviour in the Cantabrian Mountains (NW Spain; and, more generally, brown bear populations in human-modified landscapes; (ii) large carnivore-human conflicts, in particular large carnivores attacks on humans; (iii) otter ecology and behaviour in sub-urban environments; (iv) floater dynamics and natal/breeding dispersal; (v) movement ecology; and (vi) animal communication by visual signalling.


Cantabrian Brown Bear Research Group

Since 2014, our group has been studying brown bears in the Cantabrian Mountains. Our mission is to conduct scientifically-based research that provides insights into brown bear ecology, behaviour, conservation and management. From an applied perspective, our purpose is to help ensure brown bear long-term conservation in the Cantabrian Mountains (our main study area) and, thus, help manage the challenge of sharing this human-modified landscape with bears.

We are broadly interested in: (1) how bear populations respond to anthropogenic exploitation and landscape modification; (2) understanding and solving brown bear – human conflicts to facilitate coexistence; (3) integrating bear ecology and behavioural information into decision-making processes,

Our group is a team of researchers from the Spanish Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) and the University of Oviedo and León, as well as students and field assistants with interests and expertise in top predator ecology and behaviour, predator-prey relationships, and carnivore-human conflicts. We are a truly interdisciplinary group and our research (i) is strongly quantitative, (ii) is designed for publication in peer-reviewed journals and (iii) integrates theoretical and empirical information. Our research projects are supported by contracts and grants from state ministries and non-governmental agencies as well as private organizations.


Main projects

2021-2025: A step forward for the conservation of threatened species in Spain: brown bear telemetry in the Cantabrian Mountains (bearMOVE; PID2020-114181GB-I00). Financed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, State Research Agency (AEI) and FEDER

2018-2020: The brown bear in the Cantabrian Mountains as an example of the coexistence of humans and large carnivores in human-modified environment. Excellence Project CGL2017-82782-P financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) and the Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER, EU)

2017: Brown bear behaviour in human-modified landscapes: the effect of human density and ecotourism. Financed by the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA, USA; IBA-RG_16_2016)


Penteriani V. and Melletti M. (editors). 2021. Bears of the World: Ecology, Conservation and Management. Cambridge University Press

Publicaciones relevantes

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  • Reza A.M., Khosravi R., Mohammadi A., Asghar N.A., Khosnamvand H., Haidarian M., Penteriani V. 2022. Modeling climate change impacts on the distribution of an endangered brown bear population in its critical habitat in Iran. Science of the Total Environme
  • Penteriani V., Lamamy C., Kojola I., Heikkinen S., Vermeulen C., Delgado M.M. 2021. Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number: factors other than age shape movement patterns of subadult vs. adult brown bears, Animal Behaviour
  • Penteriani V., González-B. E., Hartasánchez A., Ruiz-V. H., Morales-G. A., Ordiz A., Bombieri G., Díaz G. J., Cañedo D., Bettega C., Delgado M.M. 2021. Visual marking in mammals first proved by manipulations of brown bear tree debarking. Scientific Report
  • Penteriani V., Lamamy C., Kojola I., Heikkinen S., Bombieri G., Delgado M.M. 2021. Does artificial feeding affect large carnivore behaviours? The case study of brown bears in a hunted and tourist exploited subpopulation. Biological Conservation
  • Penteriani V., Siew Te W., Lin May C., Yen Wah S., Crudge B., Broadis N., Bombieri G., Valderrábano E., Russo L.F., Delgado M.M. 2020. Characteristics of sun bear chest marks and their patterns of individual variation. Ursus
  • Morales-González A., Ruiz-Villar H., Ordiz A., Penteriani V. 2020. Large carnivores living alongside humans: Brown bears in human-modified landscapes. Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Penteriani V., Zarzo-Arias A., Novo-Fernández, A., Bombieri G., Carlos A. López-Sánchez. 2019. Responses of an endangered brown bear population to climate change based on predictable food resource and shelter alterations. Global Change Biology
  • Bombieri G., Nanni V., Delgado M.M., Fedriani J.M., López-Bao J.V., Pedrini P., Penteriani V. 2018. Content analyses of media reports on predator attacks on humans: toward understanding human risk perception and predator acceptance. Bioscience
  • Penteriani V., Delgado M.M., Krofel M., Jerina K., Ordiz A., Dalerum F., Zarzo-Arias A., Bombieri G. 2018. Evolutionary and ecological traps for brown bears in human-modified landscapes. Mammal Review
  • Penteriani V., Delgado M.M., Pinchera F., Fernández-Gil A., Kojola I., Norberg H., Frank J., Fedriani J.M., Sahlén V., Støen O.-G., Swenson J.E. et al. 2016. Human behaviour triggers large carnivore attacks in developed countries. Scientific Reports