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Italian forest rangers are on the hunt for a brown bear described by some as “gifted with superpowers.”
The bear climbed over three electric fences and a 13-foot barrier in an apparently heroic escape Sunday, according to a BBC report published Wednesday. Authorities in the Trentino region of northern Italy had snared the animal, who was able to flee within hours.
Codenamed - M49 - Bear - Threat - Humans
Codenamed M49, the 328-lb. bear had been deemed a threat to humans after being spotted close to inhabited areas, frequently raiding beehives and attacking livestock. The president of Trentino, Maurizio Fugatti, had ordered its capture more than a month ago. After the bear defied his authority, Fugatti gave forest rangers “permission to shoot it down.”
“The fact that the bear managed to climb over an electric fence with seven wires at 7,000 volts demonstrates that this specimen is dangerous and a public safety problem,” Fugatti said, according to The Guardian.
Environmentalist - Groups - Rangers - Effectiveness - Fugatti
Environmentalist groups were quick to question the forest rangers’ effectiveness and criticize Fugatti’s appeal for violence.
WWF Italy, a member of the conservation organization World Wide Fund for Nature, questioned how the bear was able to climb multiple electric fences, suggesting that the Italian rangers’ barriers were “not working properly.” M49 could not have withstood the electricity, nor could it have overcome the fences by other means, “since bears do not fly.”
Italy - League - Abolition - Hunting
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