-Last Brown Bear of Switzerland Shot

naturschutz.ch via Swiss Broadcasting Corporation
M13 before his death

Switzerland’s Only Bear Shot by Authorities After Being Deemed Dangerous to  Humans

March 05, 2013


Wildlife rangers have shot dead Switzerland’s only bear because authorities  feared it posed a threat to humans.

It was a male bear, known only as M13, and he had lived in the Graubuenden  mountain region of eastern Switzerland, on the border with Italy, Agence  France-Press reported. Springs were spent in the Val Poschiavo. AFP reported  that the two-year-old bear had begun foraging for food in inhabited areas and  sometimes followed people.

“In November 2012, the bear had already been considered problematic and  placed on a behaviour-watch list, a step away from a cull order,” the news wire  said. “Before deciding they must kill the bear, Swiss rangers had attempted to  increase its wariness of humans by firing rubber pellets and firecrackers.”

But that didn’t work, and the bear, the last survivor of three cubs—his  brothers had been hit by cars in Italy—was shot by wildlife rangers on February  19, a spokesman for the Swiss government’s Federal Office for the Environment  Adrian Aeschlimann told AFP.

“Both in the autumn and now after waking from his winter sleep, the bear kept  looking for food in villages, had followed people in broad daylight and—despite  repeated measures to scare him off—showed absolutely no fear of humans,” said a  statement from Switzerland’s Federal Office for the Environment, quoted by the Swiss  Broadcasting Corporation. 
“He was classified as a risk to human safety.  Under Switzerland’s ‘bear plan’ it became inevitable that he would be shot.”

The bear had allegedly awakened about 10 days before the shooting, followed  two hikers into a village, and then ambled down the town’s main drag, the Swiss  authorities told the broadcasting network. M13 was a cross-border bear, and  there are 30 or 40 bears in Italy right next door, authorities said.

European nations are slowly losing their bears. In the Spanish Pyrenees, the  last female brown bear died in 2010, the Telegraph  reported in October of that year. The endangered species Urus arctos, the  European brown bear, was down to about 20 in the Pyrenees, the Telegraph  reported. France has halted its 20-year-long attempt to repopulate the mountain  range with brown bears, the newspaper said, in light of shepherd complaints of  livestock attacks.

Italy’s Trentino region has about 40 bears, Swiss authorities said at a press  conference following M13’s slaying, so more could easily cross into Switzerland.  M13 was part of that group, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation  said.

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3 comments on “-Last Brown Bear of Switzerland Shot

  1. MisBehaved Woman says:

    So first he’s orphaned, left alone…and then shot when he seeks interaction with humans?! I know bears can be dangerous but damn, did he really have to be killed????


  2. Steve McFarland says:

    Reblogged this on Carpenter's Cabin.



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