The mighty bear is a more recently extinct species of wildlife that previously inhabited Britain. Persistent human persecution and the loss of their habitats from deforestation and other such activities gradually culled the population of native bears to the point of extinction sometime during the Middle Ages. During their stay in Britain, they were known to feed on a large number of mammals and often attack humans that encroached too close to their habitats. Bears were known to be thoroughly dangerous creatures and were prized by hunters and merchants for their pelts. As such, enticing rewards were often offered for a successful bear hunt. They are commonly found in other parts of the world, and a recent multi-million zoological initiative to reintroduce bears and wolves into Britain’s wildlife has seen them return to the country in carefully guarded enclosures.
Submitted to "Extinct animals of the British Isles"