Sunday, 14 September 2014

Wild bear Daniza dies after attempt to capture her fails in Italy

Animal succumbs to effects of anaesthetic after her attack on a man reignited debate over woodland repopulation programme

Lizzy Davies in Rome
The Guardian, Thursday 11 September 2014 13.39 BST

A female brown bear with cubs who mauled a man out looking for mushrooms near his home in northern Italy has died after being given an anaesthetic by officials attempting to capture her.

The fate of Daniza, an 18-year-old bear transferred from Slovenia into the woodlands around Trentino in 2000, has sparked passionate debate in recent weeks over the future of the EU-backed project that reintroduced her into the Italian wild.

Following the mid-August attack on Daniele Maturi, a 38-year-old cable car worker, the province of Trento ordered Daniza's capture, attempting for weeks to entice her into tubular traps laced with meat and fish.

The aim was to take her into captivity and let her two cubs, now thought to be around nine months old, roam free by themselves. Only if the capture went badly wrong and Daniza posed "immediate danger", the order said, should she be killed.


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