Forest Corps officials In northern Italy On Tuesday, local authorities killed a brown bear considered dangerous to humans, sparking protests by animal rights activists and Italy’s environment minister against the probe.

According to an official statement, M90, the brown bear, was killed by members of the forestry corps in a single valley in the Eastern Alps on the orders of Trento’s provincial president, Maurizio Fogatti. The province said the bear “exhibited excessive confidence and frequent visits to urban areas,” chasing people on several occasions, most recently hiking more than half a kilometer (a third of a mile) along a forest road. followed those

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The Spra environmental agency confirmed the need to “remove bear M90 as soon as possible,” the province said. The bear was identified by its radio collar and ear tags.

Environmental groups protested the speed and implementation of the order, which did not give them time to settle. They have announced a protest in Trento, the provincial capital, on Saturday.

Massimo Vettori of the animal rights group LAV said the timing of the decree and its implementation “leads us to think that when the order was signed, the guns were already smoking. ”

A brown bear at the “Bioparco di Roma” (Rome Zoo) in July 2023 during a heat wave. (Antonio Masello/Getty Images)

Italy’s environment minister, Gilberto Pachito Fratin, questioned whether crushing was the best option, saying in a statement that “it cannot be the only alternative.” He stressed efforts to “guarantee peaceful coexistence in the region.”

Authorities in the province are fighting each other. Animal rights activists What to do with the growing population of alpine brown bears that were once almost extinct but have recovered thanks to an EU-funded project?

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Last spring, they captured a 17-year-old girl, identified as JJ4, who killed a runner about two weeks earlier in Brenta National Park, and in 2020 outside the area. Father and son were injured while walking. Animal rights activists are fighting for its transfer to Romania, while an Italian administrative court has asked the European Court of Justice to clarify the province’s ruling.

Meanwhile, the carcasses of two other bears, M62 and MJ5, have been found, one near Lake Molveno in April and one in Bresimo in Val di Non in October.

And JJ4’s two siblings were killed while traveling to neighboring Switzerland in 2008. Nearby Germany In 2005

Jj4 was born to two bears brought to Italy from Slovenia two decades ago as part of an EU-funded program to repopulate brown bear populations that were dwindling to the point of near extinction. His parents, José and Jorka, were introduced in 2000 and 2001, respectively, and have the initials “Jj” in his name and his siblings’ names.

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