Between October 20 and 22 workshops for the preparation of guidelines for population level management and intervention group protocols, and the steering group meeting took place in San Lorenzo in Banale in the province of Trentino, Italy. In total 20 people from 5 different countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Austria and USA) attended the meeting. On this occasion we had the chance to visit an alpine valley where sheep pasturing takes place from mid-June to mid-September. In order to protect sheep herds from bear attacks, the owners employ shepherds, who stay with the herd for the entire grazing season. Shepherds take care of the herds by closing them in the electric nets during the night. During the trip a member of the Stated Forestry Corps presented their experiences of working with Laika dogs, which regularly accompany the bear intervention groups.