At the present time people's attitude towards the bears have changed a lot. The funds and organizations around the world realize rescue programs to protect different species of the bears, monitor population numbers of the wild bears, study their needs and behaviors. Rescue funds' educational programs uncover the plight of the bears in modern world and tell about the problems, which the bears are faced everywhere they live.
The story of relationships between bears and people has been evolving for many centuries and even thousands of years. The bear is one of the main characters of the myths. The legends with similar subjects are found into the cultures of different nations, living on different continents.
The bear is a famous character of ancient fairytales as well as of contemporary pieces of literature and animation. The bear became an important part of a heraldry, his image beautifies the coats of arms of noble families, cities and regions. He has come into humans' life, culture and art.
In ancient world the bears were endowed with a sacred meaning. People were influenced by the natural properties of the bears. The bear was not only the embodiment of power, wisdom, kindness and abundance, but he was an animal of great worship during the centuries as a sacramental creature (the link with the gods, the embodiment of ancestries' souls, the spirit of nature). The best representatives of human family have a deep respect to this wonderful animal. We find the examples of peaceful coexistence and love towards the bears into the lives of saints and geniuses of art and culture.
And now we see in the work of bear rehabilitation centers and sanctuaries that kind and careful attitude towards the bears is absolutely natural and very pleasant. Lets admire and be acquainted with different bear species.