Wildlife officials in Spain are mulling over plans to put an end to the party for a particularly prolific bear who, despite essentially being well into his golden years, is still so virile that he has a virtual monopoly on mating with females in the region.
There are only about 30 bears left roaming around the forests of Pyrenees mountains, along the border with France, and nearly all are believed to be related in one way or another to Pyros -- the group's dominant male. At 26-years-old, the alpha bear has managed to maintain a strong sexual appetite far exceeding when bears normally lose interest (at around age 19). But his prolonged prime isn't good news for everybody.
Concerned that Pyros's unfading vigor is preventing younger males passing their genes on too, experts are now considering stepping in to end his reign.
"If he keeps up the dominant attitude for a few more years, the other males in the mountains have no chance of mating with any of the females," says environmentalist José Enquire Arró.