Switzerland's only bear killed amid threat fears
AFPGENEVA--Switzerland's only recorded wild bear has been culled after fears that it could pose a threat to humans, the authorities announced on Wednesday.
February 22, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
The male bear, known as “M13,” was shot dead by wildlife rangers on Tuesday, said Adrian Aeschlimann, spokesman for the Federal Office for the Environment.
“The cull was carried out according to the management plan for bears in Switzerland,” he told AFP.
M13 lived in the mountainous Graubuenden region of eastern Switzerland, on the border with Italy, spending spring seasons in the Val Poschiavo.
The animal, which was around two years old, had repeatedly headed into inhabited areas to look for food and had even taken to following people.
In November 2012, the bear had already been considered problematic and placed on a behavior-watch list, a step away from a cull order.